A fleet of Santas march through Manhattan for America’s 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade, animal rights activist in Vienna simulate medical tests, a naked man brings central London traffic to a standstill by climbing to the top of the statue of Prince George outside the Ministry of Defence and more in today’s daily brief.
While the running of the bulls in Pamplona is arguably one of Spain’s biggest attractions, on the Northwestern coast of the country, Galicians celebrate the lesser known tradition Rapa das Bestas, or shearing of the beasts. The tradition, which involves wrestling wild horses to the ground and trimming their manes and tails, is a 400 year old tradition in the region. Horses are corralled into a village where they face aloitadores or fighters in this man vs. animal challenge – minus weapons, just bare hands and hooves. While locals say its tradition and helps identify horses that are ill, animal rights groups say the tradition is barbaric and should be stopped.