Help End the Sadistic ‘Fire Bull’ Festival in Soria
In Medinaceli, a picturesque town in the province of Soria, a “tradition” called Toro Júbilo brings shame upon Spain.
It’s the silver lining for animals amid Spain’s latest COVID-19 restrictions: Toro Júbilo, the sadistic “Fire Bull” festival, has been cancelled this year.
Normally – On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky, black substance made from coal tar or petroleum) are stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire.
The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain, often smashing into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony he must endure is unimaginable.
These fiery balls can remain alight for hours, burning his horns, eyes, and body and causing him tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around him.
This sadistic ritual is called Toro de Fuego (literally “bull of fire”).
This distressing video from PACMA (Spain’s animal protection party) shows the full horror:
This year’s edition of the barbaric festival has been cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions. Let’s take action to make sure it never takes place again.
Take action for the bulls – click on the following link:
This is the letter you can add your name to via the above link:
To Whom It May Concern:
I was relieved to hear that Toro Júbilo is not taking place this year in Medinaceli. I urge you to seize this moment to ensure no more bulls suffer during this cruel event by replacing the Toro de Fuego with a new form of celebration that does not involve animals.
While different cultures might not understand each other’s customs, all rational humans comprehend cruelty. Attaching balls of burning pitch to a live animal is barbaric by any decent person’s standards. It is time for Spain to put these violent festivities, which are a stain on its reputation around the world, behind it.
Thank you for helping bulls!