Video Credit: CEN/@PartidoPACMA
This is the moment a horse shakes uncontrollably and appears to foam at the mouth as it lies on the pavement at a Seville Fair which activists say kills dozens of horses each year.
The scenes were recorded by an onlooker at the Feria de Abril de Sevilla (Seville April Fair) held in the city of Seville in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.
Thousands of people gather in the festival where horses pulling carriages parade the streets every day for a week.
Pictures Credit: CEN/@PartidoPACMA
In the video, a horse can be seen lying on its side on the pavement with its legs thrashing wildly.
The poor animal appears to be foaming at the mouth as its legs convulse and onlookers try to calm it down.
The video was shared by Spanish animal rights organisation PACMA who commented: “Every year dozens of horses die in the Feria, suffering from long and exhausting working days.”
PACMA also asked for festival goers to “have fun without using and subduing animals,” adding that the use of animals is typical in fairs all over Spain.
The organisation has previously complained about the treatment of horses during the Seville Fair, as they are often very high temperatures and they claim the animals do not drink enough water.
PACMA spokesperson Laura Duarte told Central European News (CEN) that it is unclear what happened to the horse and that they are investigating the incident to determine its current state of health.
The video has been viewed over 150,000 times and was widely condemned by netizens such as ‘animalistatotal’ who wrote: “We should blame the ones who are using this kind of transport, if this business didn’t exist, there wouldn’t be any abuse”.
And ‘archbiss’ said: “Poor horse.”