The Superior Court of Justice (TSJ) suspends the order of the Junta de Castilla y León that allows the celebration of the Toro de la Vega at the request of Pacma. “If the precautionary measure of suspension of the execution of the Order is not adopted, the appeal would lose its legitimate purpose,” the High Court assures in the order. The holiday was scheduled for September 13.
Pacma challenges the regulations because it considers that the damage caused to the bull is “irreparable”, in addition to arguing “the lack of damage to the public interest”.
The regulations allow spearing the bull on foot and on horseback, with up to 50 lancers. The spear used in the tournament must not have a metal blade and is made up of a cylindrical shaft of a maximum length of 2.80 meters. At one end is a badge made up of fabric ribbons of one or more colors, fastened with a punch or a double harpoon with a maximum length of 80 millimeters, of which a maximum of 30 millimeters are intended for a sharp element, which will have a maximum width of 16 mm. The winner is the first lancer who manages to place the badge on the bull’s back, in the area between the neck and the brazuelo.
The Junta de Castilla y León considers that as there is no “public death of the cattle”, this appeal cannot be challenged and therefore there is no such “urgency in the precautionary request”. “The statement that ‘the horrifying and terrifying death will occur after presumably a large number of attempts to nail the “foreign exchanges” to them is not adjusted to reality, since “at most” the bull can be placed with 7 currencies, giving by the end of the tournament if this event occurs“, he argues.
The City Council of Tordesillas, for its part, defends that the ordinance is adapted to the new regulation of the autonomous government, “the bull is treated with dignity and respect and the tournament is cruelty-free, since the pin that could be placed on it to the animal shall not exceed 3 cm”. In addition, the suspension of the Toro de la Vega would cause “irreparable damage” to residents, fans and businesses “who expect a large number of visitors” and to the City Council itself, which has allocated “a large amount of economic and human resources .
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The Chamber of the TSJ asks the Ministry of the Environment and the City Council of Tordesillas to “adopt the necessary measures” to guarantee that the order is complied with. Against this order there is an appeal for reversal within a period of five days from its notification.
The animalist party had requested the precautionary measure to suspend the Environment Order and the Agreement of the Plenary of the City Council of Tordesillas that modified the regulations of the Toro de la Vega to allow it to be speared. The Order of the Board “violates the principle of normative hierarchy” because it considers that it does not take into account to the extent that it does not take into account the provisions of the 2021 Law, which establishes that animals cease to be things for legal purposes.
The 2016 Decree-Law that prohibited the death of Toro de la Vega entered into force on May 20, 2016, but it was not until May 4, 2022 that the now contested regulatory bases were definitively approved, shortly before the Order Environment of July 5, which is not published until July 29, 2022.
The TSJ also alludes to its 2018 ruling in which it ratified the suspension of the Toro de la Vega: “Tradition without further ado is not an argument to justify the persistence of certain rites that current social sensitivity can reject,” said the High Court.
The decision of the High Court is made public hours after the Prosecutor’s Office filed the complaint from the Government of Spain because “there is no evidence of the commission of any crime”.
The Environment Prosecutor’s Office recalls that it has already ruled in the same direction in similar petitions in 2007 and 2015. The essential issue, it explains, is that there is a regional legal basis that allows the present situation and to which it has been adapted. the way to celebrate this type of celebrations. From Social Rights they assure that, for the moment, the Ministry has not received the file notification of their request.
Pacma reminds that only one confinement can be carried out
The president of the PACMA, Javier Luna, congratulated himself today for the “victory” achieved after the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León upheld his request to provisionally suspend the celebration of the ‘Toro de la Vega’ in Tordesillas (Valladolid) scheduled for next Tuesday.
As a first analysis of what this resolution entails, Luna, in statements to Europa Press, has warned that “the tournament as it is, with the format approved by the Tordesillas City Council and ratified by the Board, cannot be held in everything that involves torturing and spearing the animal”, with which the celebration, in his opinion, will be limited to a mere confinement.
Thus, the president of PACMA understands that the only thing left is for Manjar, the animal’s name this year, to star in a bull run similar to the one held since 2016, the date on which the tournament’s ban was lifted, “with which only the bull will be killed at the end of the celebration and in private”.
“It is a legal victory that comes in handy for the world of animalism. We need these victories so that Justice is on our side because we are right”, adds Luna, who trusts that the City Council of Tordesillas and the Board of Trustees of Toro de la Vega “turn the page definitively and do not try to celebrate it again”.