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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Forget Bulls, Men Attempt to Fight Wild Horses at 'Rapa das Bestas'

Reuters / Miguel Vidal | Source

Yes, it is that time of year again where in the Spanish village of Sabucedo, horses are getting haircuts whether they like it or not, at this controversial festival called “Rapa das Bestas” (Cropping of the Beasts)...

The operation involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state which are performed in the curros (enclosure which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain). Those horses live in mountains owned by the villages (a form of property derived from the Suevi, around 8th century) and have several owners (private owners, the parish or the village), each year the foal are marked and the adults shaved and deloused, and then freed again to the mountains.

Trying to hold the horse. | Wikipedia

The traditional event dates back centuries and occurs every year and lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July.

“This tradition promotes body to body fighting, without a leash – man against horse, in a noble way. Of course there is no intention of mistreating, it’s just power against power, to see what happens,” Michel Tourino, a participant in the event, told Ruptly video news agency.


Moment of the rapa. | Wikipedia

Of course, even though such an event is considered ‘harmless’, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) along with a number of other organizations, don’t see it that way . In some US states, horse wrestling is legally classified as animal cruelty and punishable by a prison sentence.


 

Source(s): rt | wikipedia

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