Stop Torturing Bulls at Annual Festival

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.


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  1. Bonnie Ruble says:

    This is a totally ignorant and gruesome act that shows how barbaric some societies still are.

  2. Retards and psychos. Fuck you all piece of shit. Go 1 on 1 with bull you idiots.

  3. … and this is why we boycott countries and refuse to travel for vacation to some places …

  4. Burn Spain to the f’in ground! Packs of heartless heathens!

  5. !que festival! Would holy virgins sanctify such barbarism? This is simply another example of how people exhibit seemingly dominance over animals. Honor the ban on such a useless attack on voiceless, innocent animals. Show the world your humanity.

  6. What a sick people to torture animals for amusement. Unbelievable!

  7. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Please Mr Martinez, please ponder the sacred Laws below before you go ahead with this heinous cruelty……!
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

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