In defiance of a ban and angry protests from animal welfare groups, the barbaric Balearic Pigeon Shooting Tournament will be taking place again next month.
Live pigeons are launched out of a cannon into the air and fired at with shotguns.
Unbelievably, this grisly annual competition, involving the horrific deaths of thousands of live birds, is considered 'sport' in parts of Spain.
The shocking news comes despite legislation that was passed last summer in the Balearic Islands which prohibited the sickening competition under strict new rules that were introduced to protect animals from cruelty.
However the Balearic Hunting Federation has announced that the contest will still take place.... their president, the aptly named Pedro Bestard, is defiant and announced “we will have a championship despite the laws that this Government is making”.
To circumvent the new rules, the organisers are relocating the event to the mainland city of Cheste, near Valencia, where the law permits the cruel 'sport' of throwing the birds with a mechanical arm or an air tube before being fired at by the competitors.
Both pigeons and quails are used in this appalling annual tournament. Their tails are brutally removed before the helpless birds are stuffed into the cannons and fired into the air. Without tails they have limited ability to manoeuvre in flight and this makes them easier targets.
In Spain nearly half a million pigeons and quails are used in shooting competitions annually.
There is a petition to ban this abhorrent practice, you can sign it HERE
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