Protests at bulls in the sea festivity in Denia

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PROTESTORS gathered at a temporary bullring set up by the sea in Denia to protest against the traditional Bous a la Mar celebrations held last weekend.
On Saturday (July 11), animal rights group Pacma held a peaceful protest against the festival, which includes bull running and attempts to get the cattle into the sea, and demanded that the traditional celebrations be banned.
“Long live Denia’s celebrations, but without cruelty to animals!” declared Satur Martinez, who gave a speech demanding a Bous a la Mar ban.
Pacma spokesman for Denia Jose Luis Sanchez explained that bulls suffer both physically and mentally when they are forced into the water.
“In the past bulls have drowned, and they also suffer psychologically as they feel harassed by the crowds,” he said.
The following day a group of 15 anti-bullfighting group members also gathered at the temporary ring to protest animal cruelty, and a fight which broke out between supporters and opponents ended with police officers having to step in.
Yet humans came off worse than bulls on Sunday, as two youths were gored and another injured his arm after being tossed by one of the animals.
In fact, the celebration had to be halted for more than half an hour when both the ambulances in service had to take two of the young men to hospital for treatment.

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