Target: Homero Gamboa Martinez, municipal president of Tlacotalpan
Goal: End alleged abuse of bulls at the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria.
The city of Tlacotalpan in Mexico holds an annual festival where bulls are allegedly forced to drink liquor and are then chased down the street, lassoed, beaten, and stabbed. This year’s Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria is scheduled to happen in February, despite the fact that the government of Veracruz, the state that Tlacotalpan is in, has put a ban on bull torture. The Mexican government eliminated funding for the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria this year, and Tlacotalpan is reportedly still 3 million pesos in debt from last year’s festival. Attendance was also reportedly down 30 percent in 2016. But despite all that, the government of Tlacotalpan is insisting on going ahead with this cruel event.
Witnesses have reported seeing horrific animal abuse at past festivals. A video captured by a festival attendee shows a bull being dragged by a rope around its neck. Bulls are also reportedly stabbed as they run through the street, and they’re allegedly beaten with bats. The bulls that survive this torture are reportedly put into pastures, where they are sometimes left to suffer with their injuries.
This cruel abuse of bulls needs to stop. Sign this petition to demand that the government of Tlacotalpan ends this horrific abuse of innocent animals.
Dear Mr. Martinez,
The animal abuse at the annual Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria is horrifying and unnecessarily cruel. During this festival, bulls are allegedly forced to drink alcohol and are then sent into the street, where they’re reportedly beaten with bats, have bricks thrown at them, and have ropes lassoed around their necks. There have also been reports of the animals’ tails being cut off by drunk festivalgoers.
The Mexican government has reportedly ended funding of the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria over the bull abuse, forcing Tlacotalpan to bear the burden of the festival’s full cost. With attendance down and the city still in debt from last year’s festival, there is no reason to continue with the abusive spectacle this year.
This horrific abuse needs to come to an end. To save bulls from unimaginable pain, please enforce the Veracruz government’s ban on animal torture during this year’s Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria.
[Your Name Here]
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