A "cepo" (or "pexa" in Galician) is the name of the barbarous leg clamp that torments many wild horses in Galicia, Spain. It is a nasty, Y-shaped invention made of wood that severely impedes the animal's natural mobility. Sadly, this anachronistic, repulsive tradition is still widespread among Galicia's cattle breeders.
The idea is to immobilise the horse and prevent it from going near roads. But horses still end up on the roads nonetheless ‒ and then cannot avoid oncoming traffic. Neither can these deliberately hobbled horses escape forest and brush fires. And in "everyday life", these distressed animals suffer from legs that are scoured sore by the chafing of the heavy clamp.
Since 2011, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) and animal protection organisation LIBERA! have been battling the mistreatment of horses in Galicia ‒ both on a political level and using a number of campaigns. Citizens can now call a hotline to report a "cepo" and the reports are then passed on to the public prosecutor's office.
In addition, FFW is campaigning for a change to the legislation and assurances that this will be properly enforced. However, the horses themselves are not to be simply confiscated, auctioned or even killed afterwards as victims of mistreatment and neglect. Instead, the aim is to create a sanctuary that will provide the abused animals with a new home.
For more information about the campaign: http://www.senpexas.info