Bulgarian Village Ends Bizarre Practice of Dog Spinning

Besieged by animal rights activists, a rural Bulgarian village has agreed to ‘water down’ a bizarre dog spinning ritual that is said to ward off rabies. Residents of the village of Brodilovo have been under constant pressure to cease the practice of dog spinning since foreign media discovered and reported on the tradition in 2005. For a few years, no spinning rituals were reported, and it was assumed that after years of criticism, villagers had decided against engaging in dog spinning.

That assumption was incorrect. Villagers revived the practice last year, despite the fact that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov officially condemned it as barbaric. Town mayor Petko Arnaoudov said “You cannot stop a traditional custom with a simple order.

Knowing this to be true, Bulgarian animal welfare organizations visited the village recently to observe. Days before the planned ritual, Bulgarian non-profit “Animal Rescue Sofia” announced it that would organize a trip to Brodilovo. Observers say villagers did not tie or spin the dogs this year, but instead, simply threw them into the water.

“It is not ideal, but it is better than it was. Some of these traditions have taken root over hundreds of years. You don’t change them overnight,” said a spokesman.

Many of the folklore traditions observed in the area are derived from pagan traditions, and some have become world-renowned, such as fire-dancing – or nestinarstvo, which is only practiced in this region.

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    February 29, 2012 10:03 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sandra

    THANK GOD FOR THAT!!!!!!

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      March 12, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Patty

      nicht auszu denken wie viel krankes Gehirn in der Bestie Mensch manchmal steckt.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:03 amPosted 2 years ago
    April

    You have to wonder about WTH people are thinking sometimes.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michael

    This is sick… poor animals

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  • February 29, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jocelyn

    That’s disgusting!

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    February 29, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Davonne

    Thank goodness, but too bad commen sense doesn’t come into their heads when they do this stuff, still throwing them in the water is not any better.

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    February 29, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Whitney

    good! effing psychos

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    February 29, 2012 10:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dotani

    Idiots!!! who came up with that crap?!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Aline

    Happy dance !!!!!

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    February 29, 2012 10:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ashley

    Sometimes I don’t understand some people’s idea of … “Entertainment”

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  • February 29, 2012 10:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    how awful! Those poor babies!!!

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    February 29, 2012 10:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kirsten

    That video makes me both sad and angry.

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    February 29, 2012 10:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nicole

    ich würde diese leute am liebsten ein koppschuss verabreichen!sorry aber nee bin sprachlos.und die wo das noch fotografieren müsste man da hinhängen:-(

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    February 29, 2012 10:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Elise

    who comes up with these horrific ideas?

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  • February 29, 2012 10:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Valerie

    WTF is wrong with people?!

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    February 29, 2012 10:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Louise

    I had to stop watching it.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

    they still spin them first just not as high. WTF!?

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    February 29, 2012 10:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    disgusting

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    February 29, 2012 10:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kirsty

    :(

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  • February 29, 2012 10:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    I’m really sorry I watched this. Stuff of nightmares. Terrible.

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    February 29, 2012 10:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Cristina

    wtf? what is wrong with those people?!?!?!

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    February 29, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Christoph

    Whats not okay with them?!?! I´m sorry but this is just insane and I would go to prison for what I would do with these people!

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    February 29, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Fernanda

    There’s the village idiot – and then there’s the village of idiots.

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    February 29, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Speechless. Glad they watered it down but still… that’s damn crazy.

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    February 29, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Susie

    Well this is proof they’re idiots. Spin those people who want to do this.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Bernard

    why dont they just come up with an idea of hanging their selves on the neck with a rope and make it spin?

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    February 29, 2012 10:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kc

    if sick selfish people find this so amusing, why don’t they voluntarily do it themselves instead of inflicting cruelty on innocent beings?

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  • February 29, 2012 10:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    If this is such a serious ritual to them then how come you hear so much laughing in the background?!?!
    This is bull**** and I don’t see how these people could ever do this to these poor dogs…this dog was so dizzy it could barley figure out how to swim to the edge of that water! :(

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  • February 29, 2012 10:10 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I wish I did not watch that either. WOW I don’t understand how people can think this is okay. I feel bad for animals not having rights. Just disgusting.

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    February 29, 2012 10:10 amPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Totally wonder about people who actually think that this is acceptable. And I don’t care how primitive these people are it’s about time they dragged their sorry backsides into the 21st century and grew up. If anybody spun my dog i’d rip their heads off – and ‘m not joking.

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    February 29, 2012 10:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Colleen

    WTH!!

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    February 29, 2012 10:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Rick

    it never ceases to amaze me just how awful human beings can be… I’d love to see some of those villager get “spinned”. scumbags…

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    February 29, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Robin

    I cried…and the poor dogs just wagged their tails, shook off the water and forgave.

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    February 29, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    people “spin” dogs? OMG! There isnt anything a disgusting human will not do is there?!

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    February 29, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    I agree Stephanie- This looks like a REALLY twisted game to the onlookers.

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    February 29, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Could not watch it all . Sick sick people

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  • February 29, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Robyn

    Yay, yay, yay…and they say that FB is purely for pleasure! Good on the people that got those petitions going and all the people who signed.

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    February 29, 2012 10:13 amPosted 2 years ago
    Maria Jose

    Bulgarian Horror Story.

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    February 29, 2012 10:13 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nelson

    Should be done too them see how they like it

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    February 29, 2012 10:13 amPosted 2 years ago
    Doug

    Backwards-ass morons. Tradition, schmadition. Any senscient being should know better than to do that to another senscient being, period. Let me walk up on a buncha Bulgarian cretins spinning Poor Fido, and There Will Be Blood. Might be mine, but there’ll be some, for sure.

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    February 29, 2012 10:14 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lauren

    who in their right mind would even think to spin a dog?

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  • February 29, 2012 10:14 amPosted 2 years ago
    Winnie

    Walgelijk!!!!! Arme, arme beestjes !!!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:14 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    this is awful! I’m so glad they don’t do this anylonger.. that is so cruel!

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    February 29, 2012 10:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    Barbarians.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dennis

    That is just cruel, to the edogs. They should spin those idiot humans that are doing it to the dogs and see how they like it.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Cindi

    Let’s see how long this reprieve lasts…they are probably just laying low so the media and animal rights groups lose interest….then they’ll start it up again. If they aren’t even listing to their own Prime Minister, why would they listen to foreigners?

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    February 29, 2012 10:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    No, No, No..I just watched this sick video and this needs to be stopped permant

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  • February 29, 2012 10:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Sick, sick, sick in the head, what is wrong with people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those poor defenseless dogs. I couldn’t watch the video, it will make me sick to my stomache and I won’t be able to get it out of my mind, after reading all the comments, I knew it must be tragic what is being done to these dogs. How can so many people be involved with this animal abuse?????

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  • February 29, 2012 10:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Shielah

    I am so pissed off from watching that. Some people are just evil.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Georgette

    riduculous! I think the people should be strung up, spun around and dropped completely dizzy into the ice cold water to ward off STUPIDITY!

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    February 29, 2012 10:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jack

    @ Lauren, I was thinking the same thing.

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    February 29, 2012 10:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    I can’t even read that

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    February 29, 2012 10:18 amPosted 2 years ago
    David

    It is cruel.. But is interesting how something like this wakes up desires to HURT humans.. so I guess its a fuel for anger video.. I feel sooooo SO SO very sorry for these people to not have anything else to do.. poor minds do poor actions.

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    February 29, 2012 10:18 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debi

    Why not string one another up there! And leave the poor animals alone. Geez, what a world we live in. String up them big ole boys up there…. see how the hell they like it!

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    February 29, 2012 10:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Carol

    one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in a long time. left me feeling sick. participants believe it wards off evil spirits. another example of how bizarre humans can act in the name of their ‘beliefs’. and this isn’t as ugly as it (actions based on beliefs) gets by any means. so misguided… part of me wants to string them up and the other part pities them.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heike

    Die Perversionen nehmen kein Ende und in solche Länder fahren Leute in Urlaub, mir unverständlich…..

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    February 29, 2012 10:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Safir

    I dont´t like THIS!!!!

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    February 29, 2012 10:21 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lauren

    This is DISGUSTING. These sorry excuse for humans need to have this done to them.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Channing

    That is so dreadful… I can’t believe so many stand by and cheered. I only watched the first one that was enough.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    They are idiots, I would like to spin all those people with no water.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ingunn

    :( ((((((((((

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  • February 29, 2012 10:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Mary Krites

    spin the jerks who are responsible

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    February 29, 2012 10:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Althea

    I can’t even write what I’m thinking!!!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:23 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Well I am sufficiently bullshit for the rest of the day, thanks. Stupid bastards.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:24 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nuria

    This is right up there with the annual coming of age ritual in which young men slaughter thousands dolphins to become men in Denmark

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  • February 29, 2012 10:24 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jutta

    pervers … auf dieser Welt leben fast nur Idioten! Wie kann man sich an solchen Abscheulichkeiten nur erfreuen .. abartig!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Taida

    barbarzyńców nie brakuje na świecie :(

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    February 29, 2012 10:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Melissa

    i feel ill

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    February 29, 2012 10:28 amPosted 2 years ago
    David

    Here’s proof of what a shallow gene pool produces; a whole village of idiots. Take away their animals, and let them spin each other out of existance.

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    February 29, 2012 10:28 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chuck

    wow they are back to cat spinning.. .who doesn’t like that ?

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    February 29, 2012 10:29 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chrissie

    Good

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  • February 29, 2012 10:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    You know…I thought this was some kind of Leap day prank when I saw the headline…I just couldn’t believe this was real. Now that I’ve seen the video…like someone said above…I can’t even type what I’m thinking…I’m beyond floored by this ritual/practice…dispicable!!!

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    February 29, 2012 10:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    Fred

    From the comments here I cannot watch such barbarian practices………..rituals or not. These people who get such joy out of such practices have a special place in h e l l imo………donna

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    February 29, 2012 10:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    Charlie

    oy.. don’t people think of the animal involved at all? WTF??????

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    February 29, 2012 10:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heidi

    Absolutely horrible!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    This is horrible!!! What is WRONG with people?????

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    February 29, 2012 10:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gary

    And people wonder why the Bulgarian space program has not put a man (or dog) on the moon yet.

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    February 29, 2012 10:34 amPosted 2 years ago
    Grumpus

    About flipping time!!! ;o) It is as useless and unnecessary as tapping a… canary over the head with a teaspoon!!! Not that I met anyone tapping a canary over the head with a teaspoon!!! Those poor dogs!!! ;o/ xxx

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    February 29, 2012 10:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gary

    I’m sure this was started by a bunch of drunk guys in a bar hundreds of years ago.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

    dog spinning? Oh dear the poor creatures. just wow

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  • February 29, 2012 10:42 amPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Don’t those people have anything better to do? That’s just insane.

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    February 29, 2012 10:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Elizabeth

    I want to puke at the idea of this!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Janice

    To weird!!!! Geez

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  • February 29, 2012 10:47 amPosted 2 years ago
    Devon E.

    WTF is wrong with the cancerous human race?

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    February 29, 2012 10:50 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gary

    This looks like a great event for the Redneck Games. I can picture Billy Ray spinning after a couple of beers and hurling across the crowd.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:50 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marike

    SICK PEOPLE!!!! We are the problem in the world!! People suck!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:50 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tanja

    das sollte mann mit denen machen….penners

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  • February 29, 2012 10:51 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dan

    More proof that the human race is the biggest cancer ever to be born !!!

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  • February 29, 2012 10:51 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Sick!

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    February 29, 2012 10:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    Backwards human garbage. You know damned well they’ll be doing it again as soon as no one is looking.

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    February 29, 2012 10:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    The cruelty of humans never ceases to amaze and sicken me.

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  • February 29, 2012 10:58 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marla

    Horrible idea! If it were so wonderful, why not to it to humans?

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  • February 29, 2012 11:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heiko

    es ist an der zeit solche sachen mit denen zu machen die den scheis aus gründen wie tradition oder sonst nen quatsch betreiben!

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    February 29, 2012 11:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Angelique

    Spin the people up to 10 m high, with no water. :-( (

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    February 29, 2012 11:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Christi

    Anybody up for spinning some dumb asses in Bulgaria?

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      February 29, 2012 10:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Shut the he'll up.

      FYI, this is just a small village in Bulgaria. Ok. Not everyone does this. Just some stupid drunk people. You guys are overreacting.
      Look around you. There’s probably tons of worse stuff that even YOU do every day.

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  • February 29, 2012 11:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Katrina

    Some people make me sick

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    February 29, 2012 11:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Cathy

    OMG

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  • February 29, 2012 11:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Priscilla

    YES !!!!

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  • February 29, 2012 11:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Vanessa

    ugh!!! :( Those poor doggies! …Bulgaria never heard of vaccinations? What an awful ritual! Glad they’re coming to their senses

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    February 29, 2012 11:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Christie

    ’bout damn time!!!!!!!

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  • February 29, 2012 11:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    Wow….I almost threw up….so disturbing….);

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