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By: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman
Torturing a Bull for Saint John
We are constantly hearing from people about how tortured their souls and spirits are, because of the Church's action, or lack of it, when it comes to animal issues, and many of these people have left their church because of it and turned against Christianity. Toros de Coria is one of the most blasphemous and sadistic forms of "entertainment" that we have ever seen, and the Church's silence and acquiescence about this event is the primary reason it continues.
The following photos were sent to us by Rosa Mertens and are followed by two of her comments:
Rosa writes: Every year between the 26th and 29th of June in Coria, Extremadura, arguably the most backwards region of Spain when it comes to animal issues, a hapless bull is horribly tortured to death by the rabble. He is made to walk for hours while being tortured with darts, directed especially to his eyes and other delicate parts, until he gets so tired from the stress, the pain and the blood loss that he lays down to rest and that is when the barbarians fall on him and cut his testicles while he is still alive.
Rosa continues: No-one that has a minimum of sensitivity or conscience can understand what moves humans to do things like this but they do, and it happens all over Spain and also in parts of Mexico, Brazil...while the authorities at best ignore it, at worst declare it of "cultural interest" and promote it! Most of these events are dedicated to saints from the Catholic church (Saint John for the Toros de Coria).
We can understand why these hard hearted government officials and politicians support such cruelty: they are trying to buy votes, just as our politicians do when they kill innocent animals in hope of buying the votes of the 4% of Americans who hunt. However, we can not understand how the church, particularly the Catholic Church, can sit "idoly" by and support such ungodly and satanic torture, whether through their silence or actual support.
If you are sickened by this event as much as we are, then speak out and tell your pastor and church leaders; and help the church end its silence and take a stand against this event and all other forms of animal abuse and exploitation.
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The intent of this series is to wake up and encourage the Church to greater works of love and compassion (John 14:12). It is not to condemn the Church, in general, or any individual, any more than Jesus condemned the woman caught in adultery. Jesus said to her, "...go your way. From now on sin no more." (John 8:11) And this is our message to the Church: Recognize our sins of the past and go forth seeking to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), correcting the sins of the past, for that is the only way we can truly show the world that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, might, and mind, including the whole of creation, which includes our neighbors whom we are to love as ourselves.
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