2700 KM BY BIKE AGAINST BULLFIGHTING
The 4th BASTA CORRIDA VEG TOUR, from Turin to Madrid, will take place from the 3rd of August, 2019, to the 19th. Cyclists, you are invited to join us on an epic unforgettable adventure along the Mediterranean coast on a 2700 km route. On our way to Madrid, we will hold 16 demonstrations against bullfighting, with the support of local activists and various animal rights groups.
In the fight for the abolition of bullfighting the organizer Paolo Barbon has already cycled the tour in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and caused a lot of sensation. He was able to mobilize many activists who took part in the numerous demonstrations and made it into the news of the Italian state television.
We are now looking forward to the fourth edition with many participants from different countries taking part in the whole tour or even just a few stages. We also need your support at the events in France and Spain. Please come and join us in Ales, Nimes, Lunel, Montpellier, Beziers, Barcelona, Amposta, Castellon de la Plana, Valencia, Alicante, Aguilas, Almeria, Malaga, Seville, Caceres and Madrid.
Compassionate people understand that this violence is meaningless, ethically incompatible and resistance to bullfighting is growing worldwide. A survey published in 2016 showed that a majority of 81 percent of Spanish people do not support bullfighting. In recent years there have been several large demonstrations in Madrid and Pamplona with tens of thousands of participants. It is time to ban bullfights and other bloody "traditions".
Cattle are among the most gentle and peaceful creatures in the world. But they suffer not only in milk and meat production, but also for our entertainment. Although the majority of the population rejects this meaningless violence against animals, bullfighting still takes place in France, Spain and Portugal as well as in parts of South America. Every year, several 10.000 bulls and countless calves become victims of the "tradition", sames as many horses and matadors, who are fatally injured again and again.
After the bull enters the arena, he is stabbed several times in the neck by one or two riders with a lance. The neck muscles of the bull are injured, so he can only lift his head under pain. The bull already loses a lot of blood in the process and so is weakened before the actual fight.
Afterwards up to six skewers with barbs are stabbed in his back which cause him strong pain. Then the matador carries out a few figures with the red cloth before he sticks a sword into the bull's body which often impale the lungs. Then the matador tries to kill the bull with a stab in the neck.
If the bull is still alive, helpers of the matador make him move back and forth by waving the pink and yellow coloured cloths. This causes the sword which is already stuck in him to literally dismember his inner organs.
The bull collapses and a helper stabs his spinal cord with a dagger. Often the bull is still not dead, but paralyzed. When fully conscious, one or both ears and sometimes the tail are cut off as a trophy for the matador. The bull is then dragged out of the arena by mules and bleeds to death.
MORE CRUEL "TRADITIONS"
In the Spanish city of Medinaceli there is a cruel "tradition" called "Toro Júbilo". On the second weekend of November, a burning substance is placed over the head of a bull and lighted. Out of fear and pain he runs through the streets. The suffering of these bulls is unimaginable. The fireballs can burn for hours, burning the bull's horns, body and eyes. Meanwhile the spectators clap, bawl and run around the victim. Often the animals die already during the ritual or are killed afterwards with a throat cut.
In the bull races of Pamplona, the bulls are chased through the streets by hundreds of people. The animals often slip in the narrow alleys and sometimes suffer severe injuries. Even the mostly young men who take part in this "tradition" are getting injured again and again. At the end the arena awaits them where the bulls are first seriously injured with daggers and harpoon-like weapons. The animals are repeatedly stirred up in their agony and chased through the arena. Finally, the matador pierces the exhausted animal with a sword. Often the bulls are paralyzed, but still conscious when they are dragged out of the arena attached to chains.
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HELP FOR THE SANCTUARY "VIVI GLI ANIMALI"
Every year more than 60 billion animals are slaughtered in industrial farms worldwide. Living under shameful and poor conditions, these animals only live out a small portion of their lives. The few sanctuaries that exist are run through tireless efforts of their owners and depend on donations and animal sponsorship to keep them open. Their mission is to be safe havens for animals, giving them a secure place to live out the rest of their lives. Many ill, disabled and rescued animals find refuge here.
Apart from saving individuals, sanctuaries have become a symbol of peaceful coexistence between man and animal. Here we are able to observe the natural behavioral patterns and personalities of animals, something that has become less observable due to our own estrangement from nature and due to the absence of natural living space that animals once were raised on.
For this year's tour we have chosen the Vivi Gli Animali sanctuary in Turin / Italy at our starting point of the tour. The Vivi l'Animali Association was established in 2010 and created a space dedicated to the recovery of animals, saved from slaughter or from situations of abuse or neglect.
The sanctuary is supported by voluntary help, but to cover the costs for food, vet treatment, maintenance of the enclosures and buildings, our help is needed. Please think about whether you can take over an annual sponsorship for a resident of the sanctuary or just give a donation. All donors are listed below.
"An animal rescue does not change the world, but the world is changing for this one animal."
The tour starts in Turin/Italy and leads first over the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast of France. On mostly flat to undulating terrain the tour continues along the coast over the border to Spain down to Andalusia. From Malaga we head north again where we expect more meters of altitude and after about 2700 km we reach Madrid. More information can be found in the stages section down below. Please note that we are still in the planning stage and the routes are not yet final.
We are an international group of vegan cyclists who have joined together in the last years to organize events like the "Transiberica por los animales" through Spain and the "Tour für Tiere" in Germany. Here are a few short portraits of those who have already confirmed in advance. More will follow soon.....
Paolo is an animal rights activist from Torino/Italy living vegan for more than 15 years and his connection with many sanctuarys shows his sincere dedication.
He is the organizer of the tour, that he has cycled already three times, activating many activists for various demonstrations.
Paolo started cycling at a young age and is now preparing for a italy tour in april
My name is Alberto Trujillo, I am from Plasencia (Extremadura, Spain) and I have been a defender of animals for 6 years. It all started with the inspiration given to me by my sister Alicia Trujillo who opened my eyes to the feeling that it is right to feel towards animals, now I do everything I can for them, to help them without distinction. I help a Spanish protector. As for sport, I do mountain biking and two years ago I was part of a national team called Extremadura-Ecopilas. I keep doing sport to convey my love and respect for all animals. I dream of a world that is sufrimiento animal.
Alberto Pelaez Serrano
Alberto is an animal rights activist living on Lanzarote on the Canarys and a very successful ultradistance runner winning in more than 10 ultra races up to now.
Of course he is also a strong cyclist and when it goes uphill he disappears every time from our sight.
In 2015 he cycled nonstop across the Pyrenees and in 2016 he crossed all of Spain nonstop from Tarifa to Suances together with Jochen and Fran within 52 hours.
Jochen is a two-times Ironman finisher from Hamburg/Germany and a passionate race cyclist. In 2016 he crossed all of Spain nonstop from north to south, joining Alberto and Fran in the challenge Transiberica por los Animales. He was also one of the 2017s "Tour für Tiere" organizer and did many many races all over Germany for the "Roots of Compassion Vegan Cycling Team".
Ben is living in Remscheid/Germany and started his cycling journey at a young age racing crits. After a break of 10 years where he focussed on weightlifting and bodybuilding he returned to road cycling to prepare for the "Tour für Tiere" in Germany in 2017 in which he took part as member of the Roots of Compassion Vegan Cycling Team. He is a passionate vegan athlete and animal rights activist breaking stereotypes towards vegans.
Maddalena Roversi has been a cyclist since the early 90s and a vegan for many years. She is the first woman to confirm her participation in the tour, but certainly not the only one.
She wants to express with her participation that bullfighting is a disgusting and cruel thing and being vegan does not mean that you are weak.
Ben is an ultradistance cyclist and has already finished in several nonstop races of more than 1000km.
In 2015 Ben won the famous "Paris-Brest-Paris" race in less than 50 hours as fastest and youngest driver and "Borders of Belgium" in 2016, where he drove 1.000 km in less than 2 days.
He published the book 'Be faster go vegan' and introduced the vegan "Goodsport" bars on the market.
Horatio Ragusa is a Nutritionist Biologist perfected in sports nutrition, vegan. Through plant nutrition, he supports the performaces and successes of professional vegan athletes, clearing customs on the obsolete binomial sport animal proteins. As a moderate sportsman, although not a good cyclist, he accepted the challenge of going through this fantastic life experience, to give voice to those who can not express their dissent to the torture inflicted by insensitive, overbearing or better unspeakable living beings.