On the same weekend that Pamplona's Running of the Bulls began, another festival demonstrated Spain's controversial attitude to animal welfare.

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Aloitadores (fighters) struggle with a wild horse during the Rapa das Bestas (Shearing of the Beasts) in the northwestern Spanish village of Sabucedo AFP

During the annual Rapa das Bestas (Taming of the Beasts), hundreds of wild horses are rounded up into a small pen. Men known as Aloitadores (fighters) then struggle with the animals so that they can be sheared and have their manes trimmed.

The annual tradition is held in several villages throughout Galicia in northwestern Spain, with the best known held in Sabucedo.

IBTimesUK presents a gallery from this year's Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo.