On Bulgaria's 'Barbaric' Ritual

Editorial |Author: Nikola Petrov | February 23, 2012, Thursday // 12:41|  views

A bizarre ritual exists in a tiny and remote southeastern Bulgarian village:

A dog is suspended above water on a rope, then turned repeatedly in a given direction to wind the rope, then released so that it spins rapidly in the opposite direction as the rope unwinds, until the dog falls into the water.

And it is supposed to prevent rabies.

Provided this year's ritual dog spinning planned for Saturday is not stopped by NGOs, here is what kind of idiotic comments will most likely appear in forums across the world:

"These Bulgarians are barbarians! Let's nuke them!"

(Yes, all Bulgarians are terrible and torturing dogs is their national hobby. Besides, what better way to fight against animal cruelty than to inspire violence?)

"This is the most terrible thing I have ever seen!"

(We have all seen disturbing images of wars and massacres, but some of us are apparently more prone to witnessing frightened dogs.)

The ritual will hopefully die out, as it is cruel and unnecessary (in was only renewed in 2011 because of the FMD outbreak near in the Brodilovo region.) I hope that just some of the Internet stupidity will die out, too.

On a different note, I also hope that Bulgaria's sick and impoverished people will receive at least as much media attention as this particular topic.

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