There is a festival that is held regularly in the city of Izamal, Yucatán, Mexico known as the Kots Kaal Pato. Kots Kaal Pato is translated to mean “Strangle the Duck” which is considered a form of entertainment in this part of the country. The horrifying fact is that not only are ducks victims of abuse and cruelty at this festival, but iguanas, opossums and other innocent animals are also unsuspecting targets.
Please read more at http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/animals-beaten-heads-torn-off-mexican-festival/?utm_campaign=031116%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News. As the article states, animals like iguanas and opossums are used as live objects in piñatas, enduring severe prodding and bashing with rods to break them open. As the information continues to state, “those who survive the beatings are allegedly trampled by the frantic crowd. But the torture doesn’t end there, as festivalgoers reportedly then bring out a duck, bind the animal, and hang him or her from a makeshift wooden frame while partiers clamber over each other in an attempt to rip off the animal’s head.”
Such activities are clear acts of animal abuse and cruelty on the part of all those involved. Formerly, there have been some criminal charges against parties at this festival but it appears that there has been no consequences or specific accountability that would put an end to such cruel forms of “entertainment.” The effort in this petition is to encourage the Mayor of Izamal to put an end to the torture, cruelty and abuse of animals at the Kots Kaal Pato festival. You can help in to take action by signing and sharing this petition, adding your own comments and thoughts.
The Honorable Warnel May Escobar, Mayor of Izamal, email@example.com – I strongly urge you to put an end to the torture, cruelty and abuse of animals at the Kots Kaal Pato festival. Such acts on ducks, iguanas, opossums and other innocent animals is cruel, abusive and unjust. Harming and abusing animals is an inhumane form of entertainment that needs to be banned and offenders held accountable. Please ensure that this abusive treatment of animals at the festival Kots Kaal Pato is completely banned, fully and strictly enforcing this ban.