Dori Edwards, Global Animal

In the name of tradition, Spaniards gather every November at the “Toro Jubilo” festival to watch as an innocent bull is burned alive for their entertainment. For the past three years, the Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal, which translates to the Animalist Party Against Animal Abuse, has personally given the Medinacelli government in Soria, Spain a signed petition against the horrifying event. 

To set the bull aflame, a mass of flammable turpentine is attached to each of the bulls horns and then lit on fire. The flames burn the animal’s head, eyes, horns and body. Spectators surround the bull and cheer while he thrashes against walls or dives into the ocean in attempt to extinguish the agony. This torturous exploitation often last hours before the fire fizzles. 

Every year in Soria, Spain, bulls are burned alive for entertainment. Help us stop the abuse! Photo credit: PACMA fotos via flickr

After the Catalonia region of Spain banned bullfighting last year, many questioned why the burning bull festival was not outlawed as well. MSNBC interviewee Francesc Sancho from Catalonia’s dominant political party stated they do not believe the festival to be cruel since the bull is not killed and is given medical attention after the event. “If the horns are wide enough, they won’t get burnt,” he said. 

The bulls need your help. Sign the petition to end this horrific festival in Spain.

Although Sancho ensures the bulls are not killed during or after the festival, blog sources such as Squidoo and OddityCentral claim that the bulls are later dismembered and its parts divided amongst the festival attendees. Even if the bulls are not killed and veterinary care is provided, the practice is an abusive form of sadistic entertainment. Wide horns or not, dead or alive, the bulls are physically and emotionally tormented and the festival needs to be stopped.  

According to Spanish news source Typically Spanish, over 4,000 people attended last year’s festival and its fervent support led Medinacelli town hall to apply to UNESCO for the protection of the festival against dissenters such as PACMA. These animal activists, however, are not dissuaded from their mission and will once again present the government with a popularly supported petition this October. Before November, we urge you to take a moment and sign the petition. The bulls need your help. 

 

 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. They are burned all over their bodies and probably dismembered alive. Their horns have pain in them too. Their horns are filled with blood and nerves. This is unbelievable torture. I have always boycotted Spain because of their cruelty. It is pure evil. Demons.

  2. This is a direct reflection of the people of Spain. If the majority cared to stop this, they could. In the UK, and USA, when blatant, gratuitous animal cruelty has been exposed – be it in a slaughterhouse or elsewhere – it is usually shown on the news, and there has been such an out-cry that huge fast food companies have been forced to drop all business with that said cruel company. Of course, the majority of people in all countries don't really give a crap about animals – because if they did then they would never pay to have them confined and brutally killed just for their appetite – but it is obvious that the people of countries like Spain give far less of a crap than other more civilized countries. Shame on you Spain! Boycott Spain, and hit them where it hurts by not giving them your tourist money.

  3. UM POVO QUE TEM UM REI COMO TEM SÓ PODIA DAR NISTO! BESTAS DE HUMANOS! SÓ SE MOSTRAM VALENTES COM SERES INDEFESOS! SE LUTASSEM ENTRE SI É QUE SE PODIA VER QUEM ERAM OS VALENTES E OS COBARDES! ASSIM COM OS ANIMAIS SÃO TODOS MUITO MACHOS! SERES SEM ESCRÚPULOS! SEM VALORES , SEM NADA NO CÉREBRO!

  4. "ESTA PRÁTICA BESTIAL E HEDIONDA CONTRA ESSES SERES INOCENTES, CUJA ÚNICA FORMA DE EVOCAR CLEMÊNCIA É O SEU BERRO DE AGONIA E DESESPERO E TAMBÉM ATRAVÉS DE PESSOAS CUJA SIMBIOSE É TÃO GRANDE COM OS CHAMADOS "ANIMAIS IRRACIONAIS" QUE; LUTAM, FALAM, E EXCLAMAM A SUA PRÓPRIA INDIGNAÇÃO DAQUELES QUE POR ESTAREM NO TOPO DA CADEIA ALIMENTAR TINHAM POR DEVER;AMAR, RESPEITAR E PROTEGER E NÃO MASSACRAREM E TORTURAREM!"