The Andean Condor
The Andean Condor is an endangered bird! That should mean something – but it seems that in Peru – even though this magnificent creature is deemed to be sacred and is revered by the people – it is NOT safe. In 2004 it became illegal to catch an Andean Condor. However in the Yawar festivals the birds are captured and then paraded through the streets to a bull ring. On the way – festival goers who have often imbibed too many spirits – pluck out the feathers for good luck. As many as 55 of these festivals are held every year.
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Once in the ring the condor is tied to the back of the bull and the fight proceeds. The birds are often forced to ride up to 3 bulls before they are finally released. It is illegal to kill one. The governor. the judge, the police, the mayor and the whose-who join the locals in the villages where these spectacles are held. The pain inflicted on the bull by the condor’s huge talons must be severe. Here a fight has just begun.
When the birds are finally set free – some are too traumatized to fly and others die from their injuries – usually broken wings and fractured legs. It is not known how they manage when they return to the wild. This is an abusive, cruel tradition that needs to be stopped. So when you see an on-line petition come around please take a moment to sign it.