Dear kind friends around the world,
In any culture, there would be sets of superstitions that a particular community would apply. I am not judging or stating there is right or wrong in people’s beliefs and superstitions, but when it involves hurting other living beings, then we should re-examine the benefits of believing in a practice that causes harm and if we can live our lives without inflicting harm.
I just came across this article about how dogs are being strung and spun in the air, as part of a ritual to ward off evil in Bulgaria. There is no connection of animal sacrifice (spinning in the air until delirium resulting in death) with warding off evil spirits. If anything it invites negative energy because a living being is being harmed. Harm attracts negative energies always. I’m sharing here in hopes that everyone who comes across this would take into action to sign this petition and call for such treatment of dogs, to be stopped. Please do read the article below and share this with your friends as much as possible.
Help End This Cruelty Towards Dogs in Bulgaria!
STOP the dog spinning in Bulgaria!
It is easy to confuse tradition with torture, in Spain we know very well. But our particular “bullfighter party” is not, sadly, the only one in the world who abuse animals. In the small town of Brodilovo in Strandzha Mountains (Bulgaria) the dog spinning ritual, o “trichane na kuche” in Bulgarian, is celebrated. This ritual is supposed to prevent rabies and keep away bad spirits of springtime. This ritual is related to others used at other villages, in which the dogs are whipped or beaten.
In this ritual, a dog is suspended above the Veleka River on a rope then it is turned repeatedly in a direction to wind the rope, then the dog is released so that it spins rapidly in the opposite direction as the rope unwinds. The terrified dogs reach such high speeds that by the time they land in the river they are unable to swim and die under water.
This “tradition” was banned by law in 2006, but a few years ago the villagers and the mayor of Brodilovo renewed it because they were frightened by the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in all the region, Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia and north Greece. The mayor said, “Nobody is killing or hurting the dogs. They are brought by their owners who love them in order to take part in this folklore ritual, which is meant to cleanse the local community of evil and to generate fertility. The dogs are spun for about 15-20 seconds, and then they fall in the water, which amounts to bathing them.”
Animal Rights Sofia mounted a campaign to expose the cruelty of this ritual, but it seems that anyone in the Bulgarian government is doing anything to definitely stop this cruel and nonsense ritual. That’s why we need to do something to stop this insane ritual and tell this people that hurting animals is wrong, that this ritual is medieval and pointless. Please sign this petition in order to tell the mayor of Brodilovo to stop this madness!
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