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The traditional Spanish Festival of Transhumance returned to the streets of Madrid on Sunday, after being cancelled the year before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a thousand sheep and goats filled the street, diverting traffic away from the city centre. The festival, which has taken place since 1994, is a traditional event which sees thousands of sheep “clogging” the main roads of the capital. The event claims the role of transhumance and extensive livestock farming as a tool for conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. Traditional festival dancer, Nati Fernandez said there was “no doubt this is a special year” due to the last one being cancelled. “We are not as many as usual due to people still being afraid, but every year this is a real party,” he added. The festival is also a protest, which aims to call on authorities to protect Spain’s 125,000 kilometres (78,000 miles) of paths used for the seasonal movement of livestock between different grazing grounds around the country.

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Source: Africanews

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