Graphic Photo of Protest in Spain

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meat protests spain activismIt's a pretty powerful image.

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Last Bullfight Finally Held in Catalonia, Spain

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Birds of Spain

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Spain, with its vibrant culture and natural beauty, has always been at the top of my list of countries to visit. Raúl Tomás of Wildglimpses just put together a brief but breathtaking look at the birds of Spain. Destinations Spain videoAnd with all those eagles, larks, and sandgrouse, not to mention Azure-winged Magpie , the Iberian Peninsula holds a prominent place on my birding bucket list.

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. africa spain blood sport hunting elephantsFrom the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012.

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Supporters Still Trying to Keep Bullfighting in Spain

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spain blood sport activism bulls animal rights bullfightingI was disappointed that Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa was one of those that signed a petition to keep this cruel and unnecessary torture of animals around. I guess I won't be reading his books! For the full story, go here to latino.foxnews.

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An Animal Welfare First in Spain

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Nacho Paunero, President of El Refugio, notes that this is the first time in Spain that someone has been fined for abandoning their animal at the doors of a refuge. He considers it a step forward in the protection of animals in Spain. Tags: spain dogs From Spanish News - RTN (Round Town News). No need to click. Here's all it says.

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Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

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But some industry experts doubt Spain, a nation which has an unemployment rate above 20% and a stagnant economy, can afford to pay out €300m to farmers. battery hens spain farm animal welfare chickensInteresting! Effective? Who knows? Here's an excerpt from Farmers Weekly Interactive.

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Bullfighting Ring Burned in Spain

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Complete with pictures. "On On the night between Wednesday and Thursday we put incendiary devices in the Cascante (Navarra) bullring. They worked and they were effective. Bullfighting is a symbol of animal exploitation in which bulls are tortured and killed because there are people who find it fun. But we are against all forms of animal exploitation, and we believe in veganism as a response to such exploitation and as a way of life.

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World Wildlife Fund Removes King Juan Carlos for Elephant Hunting

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It's not like Spain has enough problems now, it has to have an idiot king. King Juan Carlos may be the King of Spain, but he is no longer the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Spain due to his hunting and killing of elephants in Botswana, Treehugger reports. spain blood sport Stupid hunting elephantsGood for them! What a hypocrite! From EcoRazzi.

Four Paws Urges an End to Pamplona Bull Run

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spain blood sport bulls bullfightingUnfortunately, though, it brings in the tourists.

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Spaniards Are Giving Up their Horses Due to Economic Conditions

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animal abandonment economics spain horses poverty horse slaughterand they are ending up in slaughterhouses or are being abandoned.

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Being a beginning birder, again

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I had a work trip to southern Spain earlier this month. But, amazingly, not all the “House Sparrows” I saw were House Sparrows ; a large group in Algeciras, in southern Spain, were Spanish Sparrows , and a smaller group in Madrid were European Tree Sparrows. (In And not a single Starling I saw in Spain was European , as are the introduced Starlings in the Americas; they were Spotless Starlings , every one! Birding Andalucia birding birding Spain Madrid Spain

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Warning! Sad Story Ahead

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A beagle rescued from a laboratory in Spain and brought to the Los Angeles has run off and his humans are trying to find him. :-(. sad story animal research spain california dogs animal laboratories beaglesThis is such a sad story.

Teenage Matador Kills Six Bulls in a Day

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Big Ol' Protest In Madrid Against Bullfighting

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Campaign Launched to End Bullfighting in Madrid

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Bullfighting to Appear on Spanish TV Again

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The policy change comes under the new conservative Popular Party government of Mariano Rajoy which is widely seen as opposed to all attempts to curtail the national fiesta in Spain. spain blood sport bulls bullfightingFrom the Telegraph. State-financed broadcaster RTVE said it would screen a bullfight from the city of Valladolid on September 5, overturning a ban imposed under the previous socialist government.

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Fallout Continues Over Juan Carlos' Elephant Hunting Trip

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As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and 24 percent unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain — extreme embarrassment over public outrage upon his return from an elephant hunt in Africa that cost nearly $60,000, or more than twice the average salary in Spain. spain blood sport hunting elephantsWhat an idiot. Read the full story on this NPR page.

New Film About Bullfighting Stars Adrian Brody

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Bull Gets Gored to Death in Spanish Festival

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The massive beast charged through the fortified town of Tordesillas, central Spain, crossing a bridge over the River Duero and into a plain in a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. animal cruelty spain blood sport bullfightingI've read some pretty disgusting stuff in writing this blog, but this just pisses me off. As a Portuguese-American, I hate bullfights.and they even have the stupid things in California.

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Raimat Saira Albariño (2017)

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If it hasn’t begun already, the grape harvest should be getting underway in Spain this month. As the growing season wanes and summer gives way to autumn, winemakers in Spain – and across the Northern Hemisphere – will be watchful for that perfect moment when the fruit is at its absolute peak – a sign that the hectic work to collect a year’s worth of product in just a few days can finally begin. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze Spain storks White Stork wine

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Homage to Catalonia

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Trips Catalonia Europe SpainIn a warm Catalonian March (I was about to say Spanish, but among quite a few flags, I haven’t seen a single Spanish one), Barcelona was filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets , two charming but alien and invasive species.

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Catalonia is First Region to Ban Bullfighting

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Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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captivity spain academic research marine life marine animals entertainment Orcas NetherlandsUnfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe.

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"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

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We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Abolition Animal Rights Pig slaughter Spain Veganism You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality.

Spanish Woman Leave $3M Euros to Save Lynx

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Spanish Tradition Under Threat by Activists

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spain horses animal rightsThis sounds awful. Go to AFP for the full story. Every year on the night of January 16, the eve of Saint Anthony's day, the patron saint of animals, the paved streets of the small town of 600 people are transformed into a sort of racetrack in which the fences are burning logs. It's a festival in which the horses are sanctified by the flames, they are liberated from all their ills," said Quique, 30, who takes part in the festival every year.

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Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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In one of the biggest undercover inquiries into pig-farming, CIWF visited 60 farms across five big pork-producing states, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain. Overall, Spain had the worst conditions, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain. Tags: UK europe spain pigs factory farm It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe.

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In the Flesh: Griffon Vultures

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As soon as I knew that I was heading to Spain, my mind jumped to Lammergeyers. Of course, Spain is home to other vultures. Birds Spain vulturesIn fact, I believe that I may, possibly, have sent my boyfriend a chat message containing just that one word and and exclamation point. Then I sent him a picture to explain my excitement. I still don’t think he quite got it, but that didn’t matter. Lammergeyers! Alas, it was not to be.

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Raptor Migration across the Straits of Gibraltar

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It was actually logistically easier for me to stay away from Gibraltar itself which, as a British Crown Colony with constrained geography, a slowish, passport-controlled border with Spain and relatively limited flight connections, has its limitations. Trips hawkwatch raptors Spain Peter Thoem settled in Canada many years ago. He lives at the west end of Lake Ontario which, twelve months of the year, is a very rich and varied place for birds.

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Catalonian Spring

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In the end, it was birding that has taken him from his native Serbia, across the Balkans and Turkey, to the very borders of the Old World: East Anglia and Spain, southern Africa and India, where he chased that country’s rarest owl. Trips Catalonia Europe Spain

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White Storks Everywhere

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So, yes, it was Spain. Specifically, rural northwestern Spain, at various points along the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route to the supposed burial place of Saint James the apostle and, before that, to the westernmost point in continental Europe, the supposed End of the Earth, the Finis Terra. Not only is Spain a stronghold for these birds, but they are hard to miss — huge, bright white, social, and not in the least shy of humans and human dwelling-places.

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“European” Purple Swamphens on Mallorca

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However, the European or Western Swamphen (and boy, do I wish they find a nicer name once the split is accepted) is entirely confined to a small area of the WP, as it currently ranges very patchily from NW Africa and Spain to the Italian island of Sardinia. Way back in 1995, on my first trip to Spain, it was almost an outrageous event to see Purple Swamphens in the far north-east of the country. ” Birds Europe Purple Swamphen rails Spain

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Birding Beautiful

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I am heading towards the end of a two week family break in Andalusia, Spain as I write this and last week we jumped in the hire car and headed to a Spanish Town called Ronda for a day trip. Birding Chough Ronda SpainIt was only around 35 miles but back in the day in the Ford Anglia or the Vauxhall Viva, complete with picnic hamper and rug as well as a wind-break, it felt like it took an age to reach the hills.

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EU Sends Inspectors to Portugal for Farm Animal Welfare

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My 2010 resolution is to try and track animal rights issues in the homelands of Spain and Portugal. Spain is much more advanced than Portugal in this area, but both need improvement (as do we all.). This happened earlier in the month, but I'm posting it anyway. The inspectors found nothing wrong, but at least they responded to the issues raised by Animal Angels, based in Germany.

Crossbill Guide to Extremadura: A Review

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Reviews Extremadura field guide spainThe second edition of the Crossbill Guide to Extremadura has just been released and – to my delight – a copy arrived in the post for me the other day. In preparing for our birding trip to Extremadura this February (as part of the EL50 Swarovision launch ), I had bought a copy of the first edition of the Crossbill Guide to Extremadura and, quite unexpectedly, read it from cover to cover within hours of buying it.

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A Gull at the End of the World

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Birding Birds gulls SpainThe Camino de Santiago wasn’t always de Santiago, and it didn’t always end in the saint’s namesake city. According to some legends, the path was first trodden by pagan seekers following a route indicated by the sun and the Milky Way to the westernmost edge* of the continent — in their view, the end of the world, Finis Terra. Today Finisterre, or Fisterra in Galacian, is still the ultimate destination for many pilgrims.

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Paul the Octopus Picks World Cup Winner!

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I'm totally disappointed that Spain won the World Cup. That really sucks. The only cool thing is that Paul the "psychic" octopus was right again. For those of you who would prefer a more sensible explanation to his abilities, this article provides a more real-world explanation.

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German Artist Wants to Kill Puppies to Protest Dog Killings

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An unidentified German actor has been stopped by Berlin’s administrative court, following his announcement that he planned to strangle two puppies with cable wires on stage to protest against the slaughter of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, with their death being accompanied by a funeral march music and loud gong. I had to read this twice before it sunk in. I wonder if he was just threatening to do this for the publicity. Bizarre.

Penelope Cruz Draws Fire For Bullfighting Movie

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She was the left-wing film actress who was distrusted by Spain's Fascist rulers. Now the passionate and tragic affair between the matador and his unconventional lover has been made into a film starring Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz - to the fury of Spain's growing lobby of anti-bullfighting campaigners, who say the glamour of Hollywood stars glorifies a cruel sport. Penelope Cruz is being sharply criticized for a movie she recently starred in about bullfighting.

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Animal Cruelty Database at Pet-Abuse.com

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You can search for all kinds of crimes against animals in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. There are 14,436 cases in the animal abuse database. Great research tool. Amazing work.

Cute: Pinky the Orangutan

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While shooting the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s new series, Beast Hunter , host Pat Spain visited the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia to visit a seven-year-old Orangutan named Pinky. Too cute, right?! Pinky sure does love Pat! The show premieres tonight, Friday, March 4 at 9PM ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. cute video tv

Best Birds of my First Year with 10,000 Birds

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Iberian Green Woodpecker, Madrid, Spain. Greater Flamingo, Málaga, Spain. I had to go to southern Spain to knock that one off my bucket list. Seeing White Storks in Spain this year was pretty cool, too. And the winner is… Eurasian Hoopoe, Madrid, Spain.

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