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Help end cruel festival in Ayacucho, Peru.

Posted: 5 April 2018. Updated: 13 April 2018


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Over the Easter holiday weekend, there was no peace for terrified young bulls and cows as they were dragged from a truck and tormented by a screaming, shouting drunken mob in the streets of Ayacucho, Peru. The event, called the ‘Pascua Toro’, was monitored and filmed by Animal Defenders International (ADI).

Dragged through a noisy mob of hundreds of people, the frightened animals crash into obstacles, trip and fall, as they desperately try to escape. Their ropes are deliberately entangled around lamp posts, allowing the crowd to punch and beat them.

During the build-up to the event, ADI and local animal campaigners received death threats and police advised they should not to attend. Nevertheless, ADI monitors and local volunteers filmed undercover and used a drone to expose the torment of the young cows and bulls and the ensuing chaos in the streets.

In 2014, the Huamanga provincial authority banned Ayacucho’s ‘Jalatoro’ – an event in which bulls were tormented. Organisers have renamed the event Pascua Toro, claiming it is a cultural tradition. However, historically, the Pascua Toro was a symbolic gift to the poor, of 2-5 cows, but this modern-day version has been distorted into an orgy of drunken violence.

Last year’s event was cancelled after a bull ran amok in the streets injuring several people, including a policeman. This year, the Public Prosecutor halted the event after the abuse of four cows and bulls, and injuries to eight people.

We must get this shameful event stopped permanently. ADI has worked in Peru for many years and found overwhelming public support for a ban on animal circuses and the rescue of the animals. The cruelty in Ayacucho is out of step with the majority of the public, and shames Peru – it must end.

Please help end this cruelty today!

  • Urge the Mayor of the City Council of Huamanga, Mr Salomón Hugo Aedo Mendoza, who is responsible for authorisation of the event, not to permit Pascua Toro - Jalatoro again. Please send a polite message to Mr Mendoza at or call (+51) 066 315872.

  • Donate here to support the work of ADI’s Latin America team.

ADI is also working to secure a national ban on bullfighting in Colombia, find out more here.

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