Spain: medieval cockfighting still active

In addition to bullfighting, cockfighting is one of the embarrassments of the Spanish country, with the difference that the second is practically illegal.

spanische flagge mit Stier
They can only be associated with the peña, and the presence of veterinarians is not mandatory, although in fights where roosters use spurs on their legs to attack alongside their beaks, the wounds are common and about one in 10 dies in battle.

Las peleas de gallos todavía son consideradas legales en las comunidades de Andalucía y CanariasLas cockfights are still considered legal in the communities of Andalusia and the Canary Islands


The Telecinco program ‘Sálvame’ has shown this afternoon images of Juan José Padilla, Morante de la Puebla and Alberto López Simón in a cockfight held in June in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), which could constitute a punished crime with up to 18 months in prison.

AnimaNaturalis will take the case to court.

In the images that ‘Sálvame’ has shown this Tuesday, you can see the bullfighters how they witness these brutal cockfights from the stands. The act, supposedly, would have been held in June, the month in which Spain was still in a state of alarm due to the pandemic. In addition, there are images in which you can see the bullfighters delivering an award with a minor, who has a mask in hand.

No one else in the photo is wearing a mask.

pelleas de gallos 2

The police have asked the program management for all the evidence, data, photos, and videos to intervene, according to Kiko Hernández during the program.

Are cockfights legal in Spain?

Cockfighting is legal in the Canary Islands and Andalusia. In the case of Andalusia, they are prohibited as a public show, so only members of the federated supporters can attend.

From AnimaNaturalis we believe that it is very possible that this cockfight was illegal, since for it to be legal it should have the corresponding authorization from the Sanlúcar de Barrameda City Council, and it is difficult for this to have happened in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, cockfights in Andalusia do not allow the presence of children under 16, even if they are accompanied by their parents, and neither doing the bets, which, according to the ‘Save me’ program, did occur with significant sums of money.

Peleas_de_gallos_2Cockfighting is still legal in Andalusia and the Canary Islands


“Cockfighting is, along with bullfighting, one of the shames of our country, with the difference that the first are practically clandestine. They can only go associated with the rock, and the presence of veterinarians is not mandatory, despite that in fights, where roosters, in addition to their beaks, use the spurs of their legs to attack, injuries are common and approximately one in 10 dies in the fight, ” Gascón laments.

“This research demonstrates what bullfighters are: addicted to violence and animal abuse.”

Peleas_de_gallosRoosters have their spurs and ridges removed so they can last longer in the ring


We are going to need support! Any help will be greatly appreciated and we will also tell you first hand how the case is progressing.


And I mean…Even so, in Andalusia, there has been the case of a last illegal fight in which the Civil Guard has had to intervene. Members of the Benemérita denounced 83 people in a meeting of 120 in which they bet on cockfights in a corral in El Palmar de Troya in Seville.

It should be noted that, at the time of being surprised, the meeting attendees were huddled around the “ring” or fighting place of the animals, without keeping safe distances or wearing protective face masks against the coronavirus.

Roosters are sometimes equipped with metal spurs, their combs are often amputated, and they are fed with amphetamines, caffeine or strychnine, which means drugs to increase their aggressiveness and endurance.

In addition, those who enter into an illegal fight of this type can pay a fine that can go up to 20,000 euros.

It is high time that Spain left the Middle Ages and prohibited bullfighting, cockfighting, and the execution of hunting dogs (galgos) after every hunting season.

At least these three criminal ways of making money from the suffering of animals are the shame of Spain.

My best regards to all, Venus

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