Goat throwing

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Goat throwing (in Spanish: Lanzamiento de cabra desde campanario or Salto de la cabra) was a festival in Manganeses de la Polvorosa, province of Zamora, Spain, celebrated on the fourth Sunday of January, where a group of young men threw a live goat from the top of a church. A crowd below would then catch the falling goat with a canvas sheet. The event is inspired by a legend that states that a goat, which miraculously fed the poor with its milk, fell out of the tower, but landed safely.[1]

Animal rights groups demanded the end of this festival several times,[2][3] until the practice was banned in 2000. A toy plush goat was thrown in the 2014 celebration.[4]

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  1. ^ Parkin, Benjamin (16 March 2015). "From baby-jumping to goat throwing: Spain's most raucous festivals". EasyVoyage.com. Easy Voyage. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Goat Throwing in Spain (Archived October 7, 2011, at WebCite)
  3. ^ "Spanish ceremony gets Lorelay's goat", BBC News, January 25, 1998
  4. ^ Y una cabra saltó desde el campanario en Manganeses de la Polvorosa in benavente.es