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In villages all over Spain, upheld and blessed by local priests, religious celebrations are carried out in which animals are ritually tortured to death. For example every year at Coria, Western Spain, in honour of San Juan, bulls are released onto the streets of the town and men, women and children use them as living dartboards, throwing steel-tipped darts into them aiming for the 'bull's eye'. The animals are covered with darts. To make them move and liven things up they twist and pull their tails, beat them and stab them with barbed metal spikes. Their tails and ears are cut off whilst they are still alive. They are drained of blood and castrated. the animals' tormentors smear themselves with blood. They then parade testicles around he town. This is not an isolated incident. Every year thousands of such 'festivals' take place. They are called Sanguinary Fiestas Populares - or blood fiestas.

Not only does the church promote this barbarity to entertain and amuse its people - it also profits from it... for the darts these magnificent animals are peppered and persecuted with are sold by the catholic nuns who make them throughout the year for the festivals
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The source is hardly recent news, I'd like to see more on it.

" Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction "

- Blaise Pascal
 

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Q: How many Blood Fiestas are there?

A: At least ten thousand but up to 20 thousand or more.

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Q: Where do they take place?

A: In most regions of Spain.

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Q: What types of animals are used in Blood Fiestas?

A: The real victims of Blood Fiestas are cattle. More than 27,000 bulls, cows or calves, some as young as a few weeks die annually. In addition to the 8,000 bulls (approximately) that die in the bullring.
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http://www.faace.co.uk/faqs2.htm

http://www.faace.co.uk/bfiestas.htm

http://www.animalfrontline.nl/main/didyouknow.php
 
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