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Two international animal organizations document the alleged brutality of the Bous a la Mar de Dénia

14 July 2022 - 14: 00

The Bous a la Mar Dénia are once again the subject of controversy. AnimaNaturalis and CAS International have documented the alleged animal abuse that takes place during these bullfights that take place during the city's patron saint festivities.

The objective is “to portray the brutality with which animals are treated, in which dozens of people harass them, harass them insistently and incite them to fall into the sea. Sometimes they even hit them by taking shelter behind the protection bars, ”they say from AnimaNaturalis in a statement.

Until next Sunday Dénia will hold two daily sessions of Bous a la Mar

On this occasion, the festivities began on July 9 and will end next Sunday, July 17. In total, there will be 16 sessions in which a total of 96 cattle plus the halters will be released, sometimes starting in the streets and then in a semicircular square on the shore of the port, to try to get the bulls and cows to chase the fans until they fall into the Water.

Once they fall into the water, they are towed from boats to the port by means of ropes tied to their heads. They grab them by the horns as the cattle struggle and try to stay afloat. "Bulls and cows, like most mammals, know how to swim instinctively, but it is not their natural environment and they are not used to it, so stress, fear and anguish increase considerably," explains Aïda Gascón, director of AnimaNaturalis in Spain.

An alleged brutality that does not end in the Plaza de Dénia

In the Bous a la Mar, as in most celebrations with bulls in the Marina Alta, the animals are not killed, but are returned to the ranch. Something that, from the point of view of AnimaNaturalis and CAs International is even worse. “The animals are returned to their farms at the end of the show, and are used again and again in dozens of towns during the season. They are bulls and cows for hire, which are only sent to the slaughterhouse when they are no longer interesting for the show.

AnimaNaturalis and CAS International ensure that the Bous a la Mar de Dénia, Xàbia or Benicarló «they are a redoubt in Spain». "Similar parties in Les Cases d'Alcanar or l'Ampolla, in Catalonia, have stopped being held since 2016, when the Generalitat filed these municipalities after a complaint."

Comments
  1. Amadeu says:

    Anima Naturalis is a purely Spanish association, the brutality of the bous a la mar is real, it is not supposed, there are several denounceable infractions that have been committed for several years in this celebration, but not always the animal rights entities are present to see it and denounce it. The bullfights will come to an end, most do not appreciate that stupidity called culture

    • javi says:

      Javi from Denia I'm also from Denis and I don't have any complexes I've never mistreated an animal and what about the problems I have I don't make it to the end of the month ok makei what do you do for the animals do you feed the cats you pick up stray dogs or so you do at the bar

    • javi says:

      amadeu instead of complaining and you are sure act complaint where you have to go and not talk so much greetings

  2. Xavier of Denia says:

    The headline says, alleged brutality of the bous to the sea. Really? supposed?

  3. Cesar Pino Dominguez says:

    Good morning. I like bullfighting, bullfights, trimmers, groping tests in the camp, etc.
    I respect the traditions although in some it is true that there are customs, by nature the bull or cattle is more stressed than the fun that I think they produce. example and sorry. Bous a la mar, night bull with torches, minor festivities in small towns where the young men provide themselves with steel-tipped sticks to hurt the animals. The bulls speared to their death in the field persecuted to their death. In short, things of individual human imperfection, which before a party becomes collective. Honestly, I'm sure that the majority who attend do not consider wanting to do harm a priori. .In short, since we talked about our party, about the bulls to the sea. I agree with another person, that the bull has never learned to swim and in his brain he must skip the alarm to suffocation and drowning at all times. this is not necessary. This is very difficult to change. This party is like that and this is its end. . BULL IN THE WATER. .Can it be softened?.
    Good morning.

    • javi says:

      Totally against barbaric actions, killing, spearing, beating, throwing stones at them, but in Denia we do not allow ANYONE to hit cows and bulls with clubs or other attacks, Denis is an example for other towns or Nocesar, I agree with you in almost everything, you seem like a person sensible and sure you are

  4. TT says:

    TOTALLY DISGRACEFUL!!

    • Agnes Lewandowski says:

      Do you live in Denia? Or are you one of those who settled in Spain to enjoy the heat and the prices, criticizing their customs without speaking their language….

  5. javi says:

    go to pamplona and stop bothering money international organizations two soldiers and a corporal look great

    • Antonia says:

      It is not a matter of screwing up the Denieros. The point is that many of the bulls die the next day from the water they swallow. It is a slow and unnecessary death. And I ask you [in 2022 the question is to decide between TRADITION or CIVILIZATION?]

  6. javi says:

    we repeat in denia cows and bulls are not mistreated if you witness acts of violence I strongly ask you to report it but smear campaigns are not that tactic is old a lie told a hundred times becomes true

    • Xavier of Denia says:

      And if you tell the.lie if it becomes true? I see you very convinced that bulls and heifers are not mistreated in Denia, and it is evident that if you do, the same is true in ontinyent el bou encordat or in almassora el bou embolat. Do you have a serious self-esteem problem, do you need to mistreat animals to feel superior?

      • javi says:

        Javi from Denia I'm also from Denis and I don't have any complexes I've never mistreated an animal and what about the problems I have I don't make it to the end of the month ok makei what do you do for the animals do you feed the cats you pick up stray dogs or so you do at the bar

    • Xavier of Denia says:

      And if you tell the.lie if it becomes true? I see you very convinced that bulls and heifers are not mistreated in Denia, and it is evident that if you do, the same is true in ontinyent el bou encordat or in almassora el bou embolat. Do you have a serious self-esteem problem, do you need to mistreat animals to feel superior?

  7. Isabel says:

    Catalonia is much more advanced than us regarding animal abuse.
    I hope they soon realize that these types of "shows" do not benefit anyone.

    • javi says:

      There they do not mistreat animals, they only mistreat and humiliate those who speak Spanish very advanced, fantastic example, sincere greetings


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