Romería del Rocío

Religious in Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Many pilgrims and covered wagons set out from Sanlúcar bound for El Rocío in Huelva province on Spain's largest religious pilgrimage, the Romería del Rocío.

In recent years, Spaniards' rising concern for animal rights, spearheaded by animal-welfare political party PACMA (https://pacma.es), has drawn attention to mistreatment and neglect of animals, particularly horses and mules, during the Romería del Rocío festivities, and, despite the presence of voluntary veterinary services, 10 horses and one ox died during the 2017 romería.

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