Animal rights group attack 'cruel' ritual

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2005, CASTELLON-Animal rights groups have attacked a Spanish ritual in which a horse is made to ride through flames – to celebrate the patron saint of animals.

24 January 2005

CASTELLON-Animal rights groups have attacked a Spanish ritual in which a horse is made to ride through flames – to celebrate the patron saint of animals.

Britain's Sun newspaper reported how horses are forced over the bonfire in Vilanova d’Alcolea, near Castellon.

Horses are made to tackle fires lit throughout the village.

Riders claim it purifies them after a blessing from a priest.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals said: “This is cruel and pointless.

“The only thing being celebrated here is cruelty.”

St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and his feast day is celebrated on 4 October.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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