PACMA condemns Valencia’s ‘tiro y arrastre’ events

'Tiro y arrastre' (pull and drag) event in city of Valencia, 2018. Photo: Ajuntament de Valencia
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► City of Valencia subsidizes upcoming ‘pull-and-drag’ events in September
► Horses pushed, pulled, beaten, whipped to carry loaded wagons through sand

A 9,000 euro subsidy by the municipal government of Valencia for controversial tiro y arrastre (pull-and-drag) horse-drawn carriage competitions has been condemned by animal-rights party PACMA (Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals) as contributing to cruel and inhumane abuse of animals.

In August, a horse participating in a pull-and-drag event in nearby Riba-Roja del Túria dropped from exhaustion during the competition. Horses are pulled, pushed and frequently beaten and whipped to drag fully-loaded wagons along a sandy, rutted track in the events.


PACMA has been denouncing the tiro y arrastre events held throughout the Valencian region for years and in 2017 made a short documentary film to show the mistreatment that horses undergo in the “traditional festivals” in the Valencian region.

The city of Valencia, under the Compromis government of mayor Joan Ribo, will spend 9,000 euros underwriting tiro y arrastre events in the city on the 14th-15th and 21st-22nd of September. The events are promoted as a traditional “sport” of the Valencian region at the website of the city of Valencia’s municipal sports foundation.

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