My Rubí Tuesday blog for today, Shrove Tuesday 2018, is given to publicise the story that the Refugio del Burrito has made public today. On the day before Lent begins, Spanish tradition (somehow linked with the Catholic religious cycle?) once again gives vent to the sickness in men, where they seem to delight in distressing an animal. At the end of Lent, we have the glorious role of the donkey in the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. A fitting role for a royal animal. But today all people everywhere should be outraged by this nasty Spanish tradition. Read it and sign the petition please.
|El Refugio del Burrito is calling for an end to the use of a donkey in the Peropalo festival in Villanueva de la Vera, Spain. This tradition centres around a donkey being taken through the narrow village streets being ridden and led through drunk crowds who also fire shotguns and bang drums next to the animal.
Cruelty is not Culture
In the name of Spanish ‘culture’, a stressed and terrified donkey was forced through the streets this morning (Tuesday 13 February), carrying a fully grown, drunk man from the village of Villanueva de la Vera, as part of the festival, Peropalo.
For over one hour, the donkey named Bernabé, was forced through the packed, cobbled streets of Villanueva de la Vera, surrounded by a baying, intoxicated crowd with shot guns. For over an hour, hundreds of people surround the frightened donkey, pushing, jostling and shouting. The noise is deafening and the crush is terrifying. And all this in the name of culture and tradition.
Peropalo is no place for a donkey
Cruelty like this has no place in a modern, forward-looking Spain. Over 30 years ago, our founder Dr Svendsen, was personally involved in rescuing one of the Peropalo donkeys, Blackie Star. This donkey spent the rest of his days at The Donkey Sanctuary in the UK.
30 years on, and every year a donkey has to go through what Blackie had to endure. We think that thirty years is too many and we’re determined that donkeys won’t have to suffer in the future.
Stand with us and the Peropalo Donkey
We’ll take the petition to a meeting with the authorities and make the case for change in Villanueva.
|Sign our petition|