news: SPAIN

Sheep flock to Madrid’s streets

Hundreds of sheep were herded through Spain’s capital over the weekend to try to ensure the survival of the centuries-old tradition of droving routes. Under the watchful eye of shepherds and a few dogs, 1,200 sheep took part in the annual parade through Madrid.

Spain’s ancient network of paths that allow sheep to move between the north and south of the region, have suffered because of expanded road and rail links and house building. “It’s a tradition we should keep,” said one of the shepherds, “the droving routes belong to all Spaniards,” Julio de la Losa Blasquez was quoted as saying.