The winner takes the carcass home for dinner – a dubious "prize" for the violence.
The town is located in the state of Yucatán, near its capital city Mérida, and only a few hours from Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and other spots on the Mayan Riviera. Tourists pass right by or through Citilcum on their way to see ancient Mayan ruins, and never know about the cruelty within its borders.
No one in the town even seems to remember how the bloody ritual started.
"We don't know where this tradition comes from," elder townsman Idelfonso Tec told Vice."I was taught by my parents, and my parents from their parents and so on. It used to be done in a large kapok tree nearby, but in 2002-when Hurricane Isidore hit Yucatan-the tree fell."
You can help stop this brutal "festival." Please sign this petition, which is directed to the head of Environmental Protection in Yucatán. The Mexican government has the ability to stop this tragic event and spare these innocent animals from any more needless torture.