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Live Horses Eviscerated for Fun

Story ID:9860
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Location:? Yucatan Mexico
Year:2014
Person:Thi Thuy
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Today Thi Thuy from Facebook sent me this petition on Avaaz asking the Mexican
government to stop the cruelty of eviscerating horses for fun. I know there are
compassionate Latinos. One day I hope their voices will be heard in this regard
and in any and all other cruel events involving animals. Recently in Barcelona,
their voices were heard and bull fights are no longer allowed there. God bless
these caring people.

Sadly however, bull fighting is still allowed in most parts of Spain and probably
Mexico. In Spain I read that at one time even young children were encouraged to
dart bulls -with darts made by Spanish nuns no less. Whether this practice still
exists, I don’t know, but that it ever did is a blight on the people of Spain for
allowing and condoning this cruelty to one of God’s innocent creatures.

Sadly, the bull is not the only animal to know suffering from them. I also read that
at one of their religious festivals they threw a donkey off a roof. And then there
are contests where men on horseback also engage in animal cruelty by riding at top
speed while trying to lop off the heads of live hanging geese. How they can believe
that God is pleased with this animal cruelty always mystifies and astounds me.

And some years ago I also found out that in some places in Spain - bulls will suffer
again at their hands- though this time not in the ring. The villagers in the place where
this cruelty is practiced light the horns of a captive bull and chase him through the
streets until I imagine the flaming horns finally engulf him and he dies a very cruel
death being burned alive. This is cruelty-plain and simple and yet it probably goes on
year after year.

THE PETITION EXPLAINED:

“Horses eviscerated alive for fun. The pain and suffering inflicted on the horse is
immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is
very harmful to all. THIS EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN.
They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event-
“Torneo de Lazo where bulls ram horses and then eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A
VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while
still alive- continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this
violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the
bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses.)”

Can you believe this? Bulls are trained to ram horses? It made me think of two things-
the first recalling the gladiators of ancient Rome, who for the enjoyment of a cruel,
blood-thirsty crowd inflicted pain and final death to the unlucky ones followed by the
the thunderous roar of applause from an uncaring and cruel viewing populace. I thought
this type of cruelty was dead. Sadly, it is alive and well wherever people find pleasure
in the suffering of either innocent people or animals as in this case with the horses.

The second relating experience is that of our poor pit bulls who are viciously trained
to do that which is also not natural to them as I am sure it is unnatural for the bulls
to ram horses at this cruel rodeo in Yucatan. Concerning pit bulls, I can’t believe
that God made them inherently vicious. I think man is guilty of that - turning these
poor dogs into biting machines. And I do believe that those lucky pit bulls who are
rescued and rehabilitated, find good homes where they become the gentle dogs my
nephew has had for years.

THE PETITION

Sadly, even though this event is against the law, the Mexican government or local
authorites do nothing to stop it And worse yet- this event takes place state wide all
year long.

This is part of the well-crafted petition:

“To the president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieta. Mr. President, you can stop this. For the
sake of Mexico you need to stop the “Torneo de Lazo” in Yucatan. To witness this level of
violence promotes more violence. Your country is already punished by an ever increasing
wave of violence ...Tourism in Mexico is suffering the effects of this violence by the
decreasing numbers of tourists visiting Mexico because of it. ...Besides repairing Mexico’s
image, this is the decent and humane thing to do.....”

I will never understand how these Mexican people find joy in watching a bull eviscerate
an innocent horse. I will never understand how they can find pleasure in crowding around
and gawking at a felled, seriously injured and suffering horse. In my opinion, It is something
which defies a humane explanation.

For people of prayer, here is yet another worthwhile intention to pray for. Hopefully, one
day the Spanish people will stop abusing their animals. It just doesn’t seem appropriate
for a Christian people to act so cruelly towards innocent animals.