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Hacking Group Anonymous Targets Brutal Bull Slaying Fiesta

Wed 18th Sep 2013
Hacking Group Anonymous Targets Brutal Bull Slaying Fiesta

Hacking Group Anonymous Target Brutal Bull Slaying Fiesta International hacking group Anonymous has targeted a Spanish tourist information website which promotes a brutal bull slaying fiesta.

Todesillas, a small town just outside of Valladolid in the region of Castilla-Leon hosts a centuries on traditional fiesta where a bull is released and chased down by spear wielding Spaniards on horseback where it ultimately meets its fate in front of a cheering crowd.

Angered by the brutality involved and the apparent lack of will from politicians to outlaw the attraction, Anonymous hacked into a popular tourist website for the town and posted a statement highlighting the hypocrisies of Spanish culture and criticising the parents who teach their children in brutal sports such as bullfighting.

The post signed off with the statement "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget."

The Todesillas fiesta attracts thousands of spectators who traditionally get involved themselves and make handheld weapons with nails, wood and pretty much anything they can use to inflict serious harm to a bull.

Many fiestas across Spain have some form of entertainment involving bulls. Whilst most do not actually result in death for the animals, almost all inflict some kind of torture, injury or stress.

There are many calls, both nationally and internationally to end bull related entertainment, especially within fiestas and the Spanish national sport of Bullfighting.

The region of Cataluña outlawed bullfighting from 1st January 2012, however there is a movement to have the ban overturned through the Spanish Parliament and appears to be gaining momentum, backed by the majority of Parliamentarians.

Spanish animal rights group, Pacma, has called the Todesillas tradition "savage". The group handed a petition to Parliament with 85,000 signatures demanding it be banned.

Recommended Reading

Anonymous post on Tordesillas Turismo (English translation)

WIKI: Anonymous

WIKI: Cataluña Bans Bullfighting

Photographer Gored at Tordesillas Bull Fiesta

Have your say...

Bullfighting and fiestas involving bulls are fiercely defended by traditionalist Spaniards, but does it have a place in modern Spain? Is it time for Spain to hangup its Muleta? Have your say in the comments below...

Comment on this Story

Sticking knives and swords into any living creature seems like abuse and torture to me. Nothing noble or macho about it . I stand by my statement " just one step away " ."Sick puppy " because I don't agree that torture is ok ? I am not the sick one. That is my final comment on this .
Geoff - Sun, 29th Sep 2013
Geoff - my comment concerning you being a sick puppy referred to you comparing bull fighting to child abuse. That is sick.!
David - Sun, 29th Sep 2013
So if I don't watch it it's not happening and cruelty is acceptable .......and I'm a sick puppy ? Dave ....take a look at the post from Robster..that sums you up. Simples.
Geoff - Mon, 23rd Sep 2013
Behave yourselves.! If you don't like it - don't watch it or even attend. Simples. But as for comparing bull-fighting to child abuse - you sure are one sick puppy, Geoff.
David - Mon, 23rd Sep 2013
Only one step away from child torture and abuse. How can Spain justify this as being acceptable ?
Geoff - Mon, 23rd Sep 2013
Nothing wrong with it .... That is of course, if you are cruel, sick, slightly inbred and living in the past...
Robster - Wed, 18th Sep 2013

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