Dog spinning

Dog spinning

Dog spinning (Bulgarian: тричане на куче(та), trichane na kuche(ta)) is a ritual formerly practiced in a village in southeastern Bulgaria.

In dog spinning, a dog is suspended above water on a rope. The dog is 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. This ancient ritual of pagan origin was performed in order to prevent rabies.[1]

The first known reference to this practice in English is in a press release issued by the UK Green Party, issued on July 29, 2005.

It includes a statement from Green Party MEP Dr Caroline Lucas, vice-president of the RSPCA and the European Parliament's cross-party Animal Welfare Intergroup. Dr Lucas criticised it as being cruel to dogs, saying "Dog-spinning is a barbaric practice and must not be allowed to continue into the 21st century."

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported the practice in March 2005. [2] [3] The "Sofia Echo" reported the practice in March 2011. It took place in the village of Brodilovo each year in March. [4] The practice of the ritual was banned by the mayor of Tsarevo in 2006[5] after complaints by Bulgarian animal welfare organizations.[6]


  1. ^ Кмет забрани жесток обичай с кучета (in Bulgarian)
  2. ^ Aftonbladet: Hundarna plågas – för att fira våren (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Aftonbladet: ”Barbarer!” (in Swedish)
  4. ^ Wreed ritueel met honden in Bulgarije (Cruel ritual with dogs in Bulgaria (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Забраниха жестокия ритуал с кучета в Странджа (in Bulgarian)
  6. ^ Сигнал във връзка с "тричане на куче", 15.03.2005 (in Bulgarian)

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