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Video Credit: CEN/Aitor Garmendia Tras los muros
This is the shocking moment horses and bulls are kicked and zapped with electric cattle prods during a Mexican rodeo event.
According to local media, several animal rights groups have called the ‘charreria’ event “violent” and said there is “no justification for continuing animal abuse as part of our folklore”.
Charreria is a competitive event similar to rodeo and was developed from animal husbandry practices used on the haciendas in Mexico.
Picures Credit: CEN/Aitor Garmendia Tras los muros
The incident was filmed at an unspecified arena in Mexico on ‘Dia del Charro’, a national cultural festival which has been practiced for over a century.
The Senate of the Republic reportedly acknowledges the rodeo as a tradition that helps to “promote Mexico’s national image”.
However, the organisations ‘Animal Justice and Dignity’ and ‘Tras Los Muros’ have slammed the traditional event.
The Animal Justice and Dignity group said that “unjust” practices were being carried out against the “non-human animals” which are exposed to pain, fear, torture, beating and even death.
They added: “The animals are chased, ridden, thrown on the ground, and dragged with ropes.”
A video published by ‘Tras Los Muros’ shows cows, bulls and horses being kicked, jumped on, zapped with electric prodders, tied up and dragged on the ground.
Animal Justice and Dignity said: “Mexico is a country that boasts a rich culture on the international stage, including music, dance, beaches and art.
“However, there is no justification for continuing animal abuse as part of our folklore.”
The group also slammed the rodeo events for allowing minors to enter the stands without any restrictions, exposing them to “violence” and “animal abuse”.
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