Gruesome footage from the world’s cruelest festivals reveals how dogs are torched and bulls are set on fire.
Celebrities and animal rights activists have singled out barbaric practices amid new calls to ban medieval rites as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Thousands of dogs were recently boiled alive or beaten to death before their fur was torched in China.
Ricky Gervais called the dog killers at the 10-day Yulin Dog Meat Festival “dirty fucking psychopaths.”
PETA’s vice president of international programs, Mimi Bekhechi, called the summer solstice ritual a “pandemic petri dish.”
She told the Sun that “the dogs are suffering beyond imagination for this festival” in Guangxi, with around 10 million and 20 million dogs killed in the country each year.
Activists are hoping that the former Toro JÃºbilo, also known as Toro de Fuego, will not return to Spain after being canceled during the pandemic.
The annual âfire bullâ festival takes place in Medinaceli, Spain, to mark the end of the 800-year occupation by the Moors, which ended in 1492.
A bull is tied up before it has tar balls placed on its horn and set on fire in November.
In Vietnam, an 800-year-old ceremony sees two pigs bathing and dyeing red in the village of Nem Thuong near the capital Hanoi two days before being ceremoniously “tied up, quartered” and “can be heard screaming as their Their throats are cut and the locals are dipping money in their blood for “good luck”, “PETA said.
It celebrates General Doan Thuong – who according to legend killed two wild pigs to feed the soldiers fighting the invaders – and Ms. Bekhechi said, âThis is one of the worst ‘festivals’ in the world.
More than 3,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens, pigeons and other livestock were sacrificed in poor-quality beheadings during the two-day Gadhimai Hindu festival in Nepal in 2019, activists say.
Animal Equality footage alleged that many of the machete-wielding men at the quinquennial event were “intoxicated” and had “no previous experience” as the buffaloes were subsequently “chopped to death” one by one during the event.
About 500,000 animals were slaughtered at a celebration in 2009, according to Humane Society International, with the death toll having declined since then.
Umkhosi Ukweshwama is a coming-of-age celebration in South Africa where young men chase a bull around a pen and kill it.
It can take more than 20 minutes for the animal to die – usually from being suffocated, strangled, or having its neck broken.
Mexico’s âstrangled duck danceâ – Kots Kaal Pato – saw bizarrely slaughtered animals with competitors âclimbing on top of each otherâ to rip off the head of a trapped duck.
The now banned April festival ran in Citilcum, Mexico until 2016 and reportedly brought rains.
Iguanas, possums and other “vermin” were captured by children and placed in a piÃ±ata where people took turns beating them with a wooden stick.
Spain’s Toro de la Vega saw a young bull being tortured and killed in a medieval tournament that dates back to the 16th century.
The animal was reportedly hit with darts, stabbed with spears and its tail cut off before being killed in a traditional 500-year-old event that has now been banned.
Farra do Boi, which means âFestival of the Oxâ, is said to continue in Brazil 24 years after its ban.
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“Countless” hungry oxen have been “chased, beaten, kicked and kicked” with a panoply of weapons including “knives, wipes, stones and ropes”.
Their eyes are “rubbed with chili and gouged out” – others were “sprayed with gasoline and set on fire” during three days of torture, according to activists.
The oxen are said to symbolically represent Judas, who âbetrayed Jesus and therefore must be punishedâ.