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Spain: Spear-Hunting Wild Boar on Horseback

An archaic sport is making headlines in Spain: spear-hunting boar on horseback is undergoing a revival. Long-banned, this traditional hunting method is in the process of being legalized in certain regions. The regional government in Castilla La Mancha and the international spear-hunting association recently agreed to legalize horseback hunting. Even the Spanish environment ministry appears to well-disposed to the move, hoping to see a rise in takings in national parks as a result of people buying hunting permits. Animal rights activists are up in arms, describing the practice as bloody and savage.

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The regional government in Castilla La Mancha and the international spear-hunting association recently agreed to legalize horseback hunting. Even the Spanish environment ministry appears to well-disposed to the move, hoping to see a rise in takings in national parks as a result of people buying hunting permits. Animal rights activists are up in arms, describing the practice as bloody and savage.