Stop strapping a condor to the back of a bull in Peru

  • By: Donna Harrison
  • Target: Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso President of Peru, Juan Jiménez Mayor Prime Minister of Peru, Manuel Pulgar Vidal Minister of the Environment

Urge the central and local Peruvian government to stop the inhumane act of tying a condor to the back of a bull for bullfighting.  Although the condor is revered in this area of the Andes, and the festival is part of a 'celebration'...the bird is forced to endure harrassment before the fight as drunken festival goers attempt to pluck the bird's feathers....and it's wings and legs are easily broken as the bird tries to free itself from the bull. If it mangages to escape, it likely faces death in the wild from it's injuries.  The Andean condor is an endangered species.  Threats to its survival should be based in it's home range.  Please urge the Peruvian government to make this portion of the festival illegal and find an alternative and humane way to pay homage to the condor. 
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Dear Yawar fiesta officials and Peruvian Governmental officials, 
We the undersigned respectfully request that the practice of strapping a condor to the back of bull no longer be included in bullfighting or the Yawar celebration.  The reverence of the bird is to be commended.  However this activity is extremely dangerous and stressful to the condor. The bird is helpless in trying to free itself - easily resulting in death or severe injury - and is painful for both the bull (having the strap sewn into its back) as well as the condor who can easily succumb to broken wings or legs.  Although the bird may survive the festival, it could die from its injuries when and if it returns to the wild.   Condor numbers are dwindling, and every individual bird is an important part of the survival of this endangered species. We respect the culture, history and tradition of the festival, but request an humane alternative method of celebrating the condor...one that promotes the well-being, safety, and survival of the species.  Thank you for your consideration.

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