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.
An island tradition known to turn the ocean red with blood, Grindadráp is a festival that uses boats to round up unsuspecting, migrating whales and herd them to shore - where they eventually meet their merciless slaughter. As the pods become stranded ashore, the attendees grab them, bring them ashore, and slice their throats.
While conservation societies attempt to prevent locals from participating in the slaughter, the tradition is protected by law. Activists protesting the bloody "festivities" have been arrested and their boats confiscated.
In this horrific quail catapulting tradition, baby quails are fired up into the air via cannon, then promptly shot down - all for the fun of it. Thousands of quails are bred for the sole purpose of being fired from a cannon and shot down with a shotgun.
Germany, who has a large amount tourists who travel to the destination, has reached out to Spain's Queen Sofia on the matter, but she refused to address the primitive and cruel sport.
This annual celebration held in Yulin, China, celebrates indulgence in both dog meat and fruity lychees. Referred to as the "Lychee and Dog Meat Festival," dogs are caged, killed, hung from meat hooks, and served to festival-goers. This traditional event has become a controversial hub for scuffles between animal-rights activists and vendors.
While the slaughter of dogs in public was banned in 2016, the festival still continues and the sale of dog meat is not illegal in China.
A festival held in Nepal is suited for true barbarians. The Deopokhari Festival is celebrated by ripping a live goat to shreds with their bare hands while the participants beat, bite, and pull the goat until its eventual death. The one to kill the goat gets to lead the celebration the next year.
While this tradition is over 900 years old, the Animal Welfare Network Nepal has gained international support for the opposition of the festival, claiming that the barbaric sacrifice of this animal is an act of cruelty.