Bull Set on Fire in the Name of Entertainment

Exhausting: Young local men take turns to provoke the terrified animal for around 45 minutes

One of many young men that taunts the terrified bull.

I have heard of ‘running with the bulls’ but this is incredible torture. I cannot believe how people can torture animals and call this entertainment. I can’t imagine watching this for a second!

This is an annual event in in the village of Medinaceli, in the province of Soria, north east of Madrid, Spain called Joy of the Bull – or Toro Jubilo festival.

There is also a video. I am not posting the video and did not watch it. The photos are graphic enough for me!

More than 1,500 people crowded behind barriers come to watch this cruel spectacle. A bullring is constructed in the main square and sand scattered on the floor. Several bonfires are built in preparation for the arrival of the bull. In a frantic and terrified state this bull ran through several of the bonfires only adding to its torture.

The young bull is dragged into the makeshift ring in this grotesque ritual. The bull is pinned to the floor, while men strap wooden stakes doused in flammable chemicals to its horns, and set it on fire. Then local men show their bravery by tormenting the terrified animal for about 45 minutes.
In the name of entertainment: As fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches tied to its horns, the bull looks around in stunned bewilderment
As fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches tied to its horns, the bull looks around in stunned bewilderment.


Dear Officials of Soria,

The Toro de Fuego, which occurs annually every November, is a cruel and sadistic tradition that cannot continue anymore. The bulls are tied up and poked at before the race starts, and then their horns are lit on fire so that they can amuse people. The fire burns everything on the bulls’ faces and renders all of them blind. These bulls run into walls and stumble over things just to entertain people, which is absolutely disgusting.

After hours of torture, the bulls all die and their bodies are cut apart and distributed amongst the participants. I understand that Toro de Fuego has been a long tradition in your culture, but the amount of cruelty and pain that these bulls go through should not be tolerated. You must put an end to Toro de Fuego and perhaps find another tradition that will not endanger innocent animals and people.


[Your Name Here]

Source: Forechange


11 thoughts on “Bull Set on Fire in the Name of Entertainment

  1. I signed petition. Thanks for bringing awareness about this terrible cruelty inflicted on bulls. I am from Ecuador, and we were always aware about bull fighting, but I never knew about this. Neither one of them should continue to exist. This is pure cruelty. I’ve realized one thing: you can’t give what you don’t have. And perhaps, this “people” can’t show compassion because they don’t have it, but we need to do whatever we can to stop them. You are great:)

    • thank you, Marcela. I just don’t understand where humanity has gone wrong to watch this type of torture for entertainment. I think the bottom line is to educate and of course, it depends upon the type of culture you grew up with. If you grew up thinking this is the norm, then it is! I grew up with a mom who was an animal lover.

      • You are right. If cruelty to animals is part of a culture then that is the norm. Education is paramount if that is the case and laws protecting animals should also would be needed.

    • I want to look into starting a petition, if there is not already one, for this on Care2.com. I have never made a petition before. This is beyond cruel, it is torture. I can’t imagine what the rest of the bull’s life will be like going thru such a traumatic painful experience.

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