Will Senija residents do the right thing?

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Will Senija residents do the right thing
WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT? Bulls can be blinded, causing them to crash into people or objects Photo credit Wikimedia

SENIJA residents can vote to decide whether to abolish the municipality’s annual ‘El Toro Embolado’ event.

The event forms part of the village’s Mare de Deudels Desemparats and Santa Caterina fiestas held at the beginning of May.

The roots of El Toro Embolado are unknown, although it is thought to date back as far as the pre-Roman period.

The routine has evolved little over the centuries; a bull is tied to a post and organisers attach to its horns an iron contraption holding a pair of flammable balls.

The balls are then set on fire, in the hope that the animal, once unleashed, thrashes around wildly to put out the fire, much like a bucking bronco.

Although protaurinos claim the bulls are not harmed during El Toro Embolado, animal rights activists strongly disagree, claiming bulls regularly die during the event and can also be blinded, causing them to crash into people or objects.

Activists have shared videos on YouTube to show the extent of suffering experienced by the bulls, including a video filmed in 2012 where a bull is seen lying dead after crashing in panic with its horns on fire.

Senija is following in the footsteps of Pedreguer in in putting the decision in the hands of its residents.

Both Senija and Pedreguer are governed by Compromis and Pedreguer residents voted to abolish the town’s El Toro Embolado earlier this year.

Senija residents are able to vote at the Town Hall until next Thursday December 14.

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