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A Spanish Town Has Voted To Ban Its Annual Duck-Throwing Festival

The town's council said it decided to end the festival because society doesn't accept animal abuse as entertainment.

Posted on March 2, 2016, at 9:50 a.m. ET

An annual festival involving the tossing of ducks has been banned in the town of Roses, Catalonia. The tradition has been celebrated for 97 years.

The empaitada, or "hunt," involves the tossing of ducks into the Mediterranean Sea. Swimmers then chase after the ducks and bring them back to shore.

Those who catch the ducks receive a prize when they get to shore.

The local council has recently voted to ban both the festival and its annual bull run.

The motion banning the hunts stated, "A large portion of society no longer accepts the use of animals in entertainment and the protection of animals is an important value for today’s society."

The festival came under heavy criticism last year after an animal rights campaigner was hit with a duck by a participant.

You can watch the video of the incident below.

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