This is the shocking moment a bull is beaten and dragged through the streets of a town in Peru during a barbaric festival which was officially banned
This is the shocking moment a bull is beaten and dragged through the streets of a town in Peru during a barbaric festival which was officially banned five years ago.
Footage shot by activists from the Animal Defenders International (ADI) reveals that despite the embargo the cruel ‘Jalatoro’ festival is still taking place in Ayacucho, Peru.
In the film, the terrified animal is dragged through the streets of the provincial town in front of a baying crowd of hundreds.
One of the participants can be seen spitting a liquid in the bull’s face to try and get it to move
In 2014, the authorities in Huamanga province, Ayacucho, officially banned the ‘Jalatoro’ festivals
The bull tries to resist as he is dragged from a truck, by ropes around his horns, into the drunken crowd.
Beer is then poured over it and water sprayed into its’ face to try and make the bull move.
Pulled along by a rider on horseback, the tormented animal runs into trees and other obstacles as he tries to escape.
Several bulls reportedly suffered a similar fate and horses were also seen slipping and falling on the town’s cobbled streets.
Jan Creamer, President of ADI: “It is sickening and shames the human race to see such barbaric violence and abuse inflicted on a terrified, innocent animal.
‘ADI urges the Peruvian authorities to act now, and end this cruel and disgraceful event once and for all.”
The animal was tethered with a rope around its horns and forced through the streets by a man on horseback
Hundreds of hecklers could be seen taunting the animal as it made its way around the town’s streets
In 2014, the authorities in Huamanga province, Ayacucho, banned these cruel ‘Jalatoro’ festivals, held over Easter.
But they simply continued under the name ‘Pascua Toro’.
Historically associated to a symbolic gift for the poor, this modern-day festival has become associated with a level of brutality which has no place in civilised society.
In 2017, the ‘Pascua Toro’ was cancelled after a bull ran amok, injuring several people, including a policeman.
Last year, it was halted by the Public Prosecutor following abuse of four animals and injuries to eight people.
Ahead of the 2018 event, ADI and local campaigners received death threats and police advised they should not attend; nevertheless, they documented the unacceptable and shameful suffering of these animals, returning to do so again this year.
Other animals also suffered the same fate including several bulls and a number of injured horses