PETA Activist Award recipient Maru Vigo deserves our thanks once again, as her efforts to abolish a cruel annual festival—in which a dog is tied to the back of a bucking bull before both are viciously slaughtered—have achieved a victory!
— Gervais Animals (@GervaisAnimals) May 7, 2016
Vigo—with a few suggestions from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk—wrote a letter to the bishop of the Dioceses of Apurímac, a region of central Peru, and described the barbaric religious ritual that’s held there.
The bishop responded with understanding and compassion, stating that the ritual was an atrocity. He added that he will send a priest as his representative to tell all the parishioners and other fellow priests in the region that this kind of celebration will not happen ever again on his watch!
This “tradition” is an abomination.
According to news sources, every August in the village of Chalhuani—during a festival to celebrate the Virgin Mary—villagers would strap a local dog who they believed had “misbehaved” to the back of a bull. The bull was then released into a bullfighting ring, where both animals were killed in a bullfight.
In a video of the sickening ritual, a dog is heard shrieking in terror and frantically trying to escape. Eventually, the gate opens and the bull bucks furiously. Music and laughs are heard coming from the malicious crowd.
Thanks to supporters like you and Vigo, this cruel ritual is over.
Once PETA was informed about this sadistic ceremony, an action alert was set up so that everyone could help end the abuse. Through the alert, supporters voiced their outrage to Peruvian officials.
Our victories for animals are yours as well! Together, we can create a better world for everyone.