Stop Annual Duck Strangling Festival

Duck Brandon Weeks

Target: Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatan

Goal: End annual festival in which ducks are strangled and other animals are beaten.

Every year in a small city in Mexico, the Kots Kaal Pato festival occurs. Kots Kaal Pato roughly translates into “strangle the duck.” In Citilcum, a city in Izamel, Yucatan, festivalgoers bind a duck to a wooden frame and then proceed to stamp over each other to try to rip off the bird’s head.

If that is not barbaric enough, news sources have reported children grabbing local animals, like iguanas and opossums, and stuffing them into pinatas. Then the pinata is beaten and bashed while the live animals are stuck inside.

Sign this petition and demand these barbaric events be put to an end. These animals should not be forced to go through this pain ever again.


Dear Mr. Bello,

Every year in the small city of Citilcum, the Kots Kaal Pato festival occurs. At this festival, countless animals are tortured for entertainment.

According to news sources, children grab small animals like iguanas and opossums, stuff them into pinatas, and then bash the pinata until they are bored. If the animal survives that torturous ordeal, then they will likely die from being repeatedly stepped on while stuck in the hectic crowds. However, that is not all that occurs. In addition, a duck is bound to a wooden frame and festivalgoers stamp over each other while trying to rip the duck’s head off.

These disgusting acts of barbaric torture must be put to an end. Please consider putting an end to this savage festival and save countless lives from unnecessary pain and death.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Brandon Weeks

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  1. Natasha polychuk says:

    people should be extinct

  2. Seriously Mexico? This is how you nurture your future generation? To be psychopaths and cruel to harmless innocent animals? Such remorseless violence and cruelty is dangerous and a threat to society.

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