When a ship docks in a Spanish port, and you put on TVE the national TV network, in prime time you get to see Spanish cruelty to animals---
-- with even small girls clapping in sadistic gratification on feeling the animal's fear , hearing agonising screams and seeing spilt blood.
The stadiums are usually chock-a-block , both with curious tourists and die-hard fans. Bullfighting has been popular in Spain since the time of Emperor Claudius two thousand years ago.
Thousands of bulls die in the fiestas which take place across Spain , where there are no animal-protection laws. Different torture games are held like donkey chasing, Quail catapulting, and the nightmarish festival known as "Toro Jubilo" where the bull’s horn are set on fire.
The bizarre "Toro Jubilo" is held in Soria, Spain. The bulls' horns tied with pitch rags are then set on fire, and the terrified animals are released to run madly through the streets—are left to burn. For hours, the tar burns like a bonfire on the bulls' heads, scorching their faces, eyes, and bodies.
Many burning bulls slip and crash into walls in agony and blind terror. The bull’s tail is wrenched off and its testicles are mounted on a spear and paraded around by cheering crowds.
Their carcasses are later divided among the participants for consumption. The residents apparently believe that consuming the adrenaline laden flesh of the tortured animals confers fertility and invincibility.
Spanish Greyhounds, the galgo is used by Spanish hunters to pursue and capture prey. They are by nature docile, gentle and affectionate dogs, yet the destiny of many thousands of galgos each year, once the hunting season ends, is to be ritually tortured and killed by the cruelest methods imaginable, for the entertainment of their owners.
In the 16th century, Catholic Spain was the great continental power. Spaniards were described by the rest of Europe as cruel barbarians, greedy, treacherous, ignorant, and narrow.
In South America where the National Language is Spanish, you hardly find any natives. In Portugese areas you can still find the original inhabitants. Under the pretext of introducing Native Americans to Christianity, the Spanish ruthlessly massacred native populations and enslaved them in some of the most cruel slave practices ever seen on the face of the earth. The average Native American slave lasted less than a year under his Spanish masters. They held that Native Americans were only part human and so had no legal or spiritual privileges.
By the time the British took over Jamaica in 1655, the entire 100000 population of gentle native Arawaks , were decimated by the Castilian Spaniards. Towards the later stages these oppressed people decided that suicide was better than the ordeal of Spanish rule, and they poisoned their babies and killed themselves.
The gross disregard for human lives and bizarre sadism is characteristic of the Spanish Inquisition which killed 8 million people. In the 15th century King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (under papal rule) acquired permission from the Catholic Church to target those people suspected of Muslim, Jewish or heretical beliefs to root out through the application of torture those who, although posing as devout Catholics, were secretly practicing religions considered non-conformist by the Catholic hierarchy.
As a direct result of this Papal permission and authorization the Spanish Inquisition was born. Thousands were paraded before pseudo courts to face the sadistic rulings of Inquisition judges. It was also used as an instrument of terror and torment against scientists, philosophers, and members of the Christian Church , who were believed to be irreverent toward the authority of the Catholic Church and its agencies.
There were a variety of sadist methods used by the agents of the Inquisition to force victims to "confess" to heresy or to sins or crimes against the Church. The rack and is perhaps the most infamous of all the torture implements used in this period. The unfortunate victim was tied or strapped to a board by the wrists and ankles to two rollers. Then the rollers were turned in opposite directions, thus slowly stretching the victim until the limbs popped from their sockets or the body was broken.
It was noted that a person who refused to talk even under torture was being aided by the devil. While the poor victim was being tortured a clerk recorded what was said. They sprayed there instruments with so called holy water, wore amulets, herbs and crossed themselves in a bizarre manner.
Other practices that were prevalent in the Middle Ages were to tear out the tongue. To blind the victim with sharp sticks or red-hot iron spikes. The pulling of the flesh with pliers. The skinning of the accused alive. Quartering (in which the victims intestines would be pulled from the body) and impaling, in which a stake would be hammered through the victim’s body avoiding the vital organs, resulting in a slow death that could last for hours or days.
A sharp iron fork was used to mangle breasts. Red hot pincers were used to tear off flesh. Red hot irons were inserted up vaginas and rectums. A device named the turcas was used to tear out fingernails. After the nails were ripped out needles were shoved in. Boots called bootikens were used to lacerate flesh and crush bone.
Thumbscrews were used to crush the fingers and toes. Acid was poured on victims and hands were immersed into pots of boiling oil and water. Eyes were gouged out by irons. Alcohol was poured on the head of the poor victim and set alight. Water was poured down the victims throat with a knotted cloth. The cloth was then jerked out tearing up the victims bowels.
There was no limit to the types and cruelty of the tortures. The inquisition meant anything was allowed. The inquisitors were sadistic and mentally disturbed. An "Inquisition" was supposed to be a legal inquiry by the church.
On June 30, 1680, in the area of Madrid, 51 outcasts were roasted alive in a orgy of torture that lasted 14 hours and was held as a grisly celebration to commemorate the marriage of Carlos II to Marie d’ Orleans. The king himself gleefully set light to the first human bonfire.
Even after the poor victims confessed to things they never did more torture was to follow. On the way to the stake or gallows victims were flogged, burned, branded and had their hands and tongues hacked off.
By the 17th century as the catholic church began to lose power the inquisition began to collapse. In 1870 the Papacy lost control of the Papal States and was left thankfully with only the territory of the Vatican City .
8 million had died as a result of the inquisition, including men, women, children and babies.
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