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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.

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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