The Government goes to the Prosecutor's Office so that the Toro de la Vega is not celebrated

Celebration of the Toro de la Vega in the year 2019, already without death. / The North

The Ministry of Social Rights denounces that the celebration does not comply with the regulations of Castilla y León, which prohibits injuring cattle

Christina Vallejo

The Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Lilith Verstrynge, and the General Director of Animal Rights, Sergio García Torres, went this morning to the Prosecutor's Office of the Environment and Urban Planning Chamber to urge it to adopt measures that prevent the celebration , next Tuesday, from Toro de la Vega, in Tordesillas (Valladolid).

Lilith Verstrynge has declared that the objective of the initiative is to urge the Prosecutor's Office to act in a "possible crime" that can be committed of animal abuse. “What we want is for precautionary measures to be taken and the Toro de la Vega in Tordesillas to be paralyzed because it is a case of extreme gravity and animal abuse that cannot continue,” she assured. "We believe that after these years of pandemic in which it has not been celebrated, it is the perfect time to say that they are not complying with their own regional regulations," added the Secretary of State.

In the document presented by the Ministry of Social Rights before the Prosecutor's Office, it is argued that Decree 14/1999, of February 8, which approves the Regulation of Popular Bullfighting Shows of the Community of Castilla y León, establishes that in all In popular bullfighting shows, it is forbidden to injure, prick, hit, hold or treat cattle in any other cruel way. And, in addition, it prohibits killing them in the presence of the public.

The new Regulatory Bases for the Development of the Immemorial Torneo de la Vega Tournament establish the use of currencies, allowing the placement of up to seven of them on the bull. The Ministry of Social Rights insists that this "does not comply with the Regulation of Popular Bullfighting Shows in the Community of Castilla y León, where it is expressly prohibited to injure, prick and hit the bulls."

The new regulations approved by the City Council of Tordesillas allow a spear to be used against the bull that is described as a cylindrical mast of a maximum length of 2.80 meters. This, in addition, will have a punch or a double harpoon with a maximum length of 80 millimeters, of which a maximum of 30 will be used for the piercing element, which will have a maximum width of 16 millimeters. "These are", warns Social Rights, "devices finished in punches or harpoons that are used and are designed to be nailed to the animal, directly contravening regional regulations."

Verstrynge warns that "the truth" is that they are spears of more than three meters, which generate wounds of up to twelve centimeters in the animal and that on many occasions they pierce vital organs, which can lead to death.

The Torneo del Toro de la Vega has taken place without the death of the bull since 2016. In this 2022 it was also planned to do it in the same way with a maximum of seven incisions with the regulatory material. Vox claimed to return to the oldest tradition of spearing him to death.

For their part, the animal supporters of Pacma have presented 74,000 signatures to avoid the celebration of the Toro de la Vega next Tuesday.

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