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14 Barbaric Festivals That Should Be Banned For What They Do To Animals

Multicultural festivals and traditions from around the world are historically important and typically include a lot of fun and games. Unless -- more often than you'd think, it turns out -- you're an animal. From subtle abuse at festivals to entire ceremonies dedicated to the brutalization and torture of these beasts, what happens to unsuspecting and innocent creatures at the expense of human consumption or entertainment is everything but enjoyable. As merry festival goers do almost everything within the spectrum of the cruel and unusual to these animals during their celebratory activities, the animal abuse at festivals never seems to end. Events that torture animals allow humans the space to publicly poke, prod, bite, shoot, incinerate, slice, murder, butcher and yes, eat, animals like dogs and birds or even large herds of wild horses and pods of whales.

Barbaric acts are taken out on these (mostly) doomed creatures as these festivals that hurt animals continue to this day. Few have been shut down or maintained, as local governments and/or communities hold these acts as traditional to their culture -- even the ones that are savage beyond belief and have the possibility to carried out in a humane way have made very little progress.

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  • The Turkey Drop in Yellville, Arkansas

    During the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville, Arkansas, a real live turkey is thrown from an airplane like a soaring projectile. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) even got involved in this one but, surprisingly enough, the turkeys aren't actually considered to be projectiles.

    Turkeys have been flying from airplanes in Yellville for 50 years, and they have no intentions to stop this horrifying activity any time soon.

  • Kots Kaal Pato In Mexico

    The phrase/festival name "kots kaal pato" translates to the English phrase "strangle the duck." During the festivities, what happens is essentially the same as what happens with piñatas, except these toys are not stuffed with candy, they are stuffed with live animals. Iguanas and opossums are packed in, then beaten out they exact same way a pinata would be. The animals who escape alive are murdered by the festival-goers.

    Afterwards, a duck is strung up on a wooden mast so that people can pile on top of each other to rip it down - the one to catch it and rip its head off wins. With the help of persistent animal rights and government groups, the tradition was banned April 23, 2016.

  • Umkhosi Ukweshwama Festival In South Africa

    The First Fruits Festival is a revived Zulu festival where unarmed young men surround a bull and prove their manhood by killing in various ways - gouging its eyes out, beating it, whatever it takes to take the bull down. Because of the slow torture of the animal involved, where it can take over 20 minutes to die, animal rights activists have brought the event to court on accounts of animal cruelty.

    However, due to the event being a traditional event which is protected by cultural laws, the festival continues.

  • Goose-Pulling In Lekeitio, Spain

    On The Day of the Geese, a greased goose is strung up by its neck with a rope out in the middle of the water, and festival participants, jump, grab on to this goose, and hang on for dear life while they're continuously bounced into the water like a sadistic bungie chord. The goal of the person hanging on is to decapitate the goose by whatever means possible while being sprung up and down in the water. Using a number of geese, participants are judged on how quickly they can rip the head off. 

    This used to take place with live geese, until it was ended by pressure from animal rights activists in 2005. The current event uses geese that have been humanely killed, however, the geese are not eaten.