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This terrified young bull was dragged into a ring in front of a jeering crowd of 1500. He was then violently pinned to the ground, while men strap wooden stakes doused in flammable chemicals to his horns, and set him on fire. Then local men show their 'bravery' by tormenting the terrified animal. Fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches onto the bewildered animal. The distressed bull is then released, thrashing around the ring in agony to the cheers of the crowds. Members of the public are seen jumping into the ring and taunting the bull adding to his terror and confusion. Gasping for air, the bull finally reaches a state of exhaustion after nearly 45 minutes of torment and is soon dragged out the ring by villagers to be butchered. The men are awarded pieces of meat from the animal for their 'bravery'.
This is the 'joy of the Bull' - or Toro Jubilo festival - is one of the 'cultural' highlights of the entertainment calendar for residents in the Medieval village of Medinaceli, in the province of Soria, north east of Madrid.
See the horror for yourself: http://youtu.be/E2E-eo08NT4
This event is due to take place again on the second weekend in November. We must do all we can to ensure this torture masquerading as 'tradition' ends. If you are unable to be in Medinaceli (Madrid) to protest there are some online actions you can take:
1) Sign these petitions:
2) Contact the Spanish officials directly to urge that they enforce stronger animal cruelty laws that shield animals from all forms of abuse, including vulgar rituals and blood fiestas such as the Toro Jubilo. Contact details can be found in the information of the change.org petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/live-bull-to-be-set-on-fire-spain-a...
3) Please SHARE this post and the petitions. Share on here Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr EVERYWHERE The world needs to see this. We need as many people as possible to put pressure on Spain to end this.
Very upsetting to hear what happened to the bull. However, this is only one instance of animal abuse.We talk of banning animal circuses when the worst kind of torture exists in abutcher's shop when the poor animal is mercilessly beheaded or killed to satisfy one's appetite. How can we stop all this is what I dont have an answer to day. I will share this on my facebook.
ohh god...plz forgive these monsters...they are just merciless ...
a reasonable thing to do would be to turn up with a gun - no, not to shoot the crowd, which would result in imprisonment, but to shoot the poor animal before it suffers. One presumes that wouldn't be illegal, given that the animal would be about to die anyway, but it would certainly spoil the enjoyment of the rabid crowd of sadists.
This is so sad :(
If I turned up there I would have to help the animal and I have no doubt I would also be murdered, they truly are monsters who show no compassion for any living being. I hope people will see why tourists should boycott these cruel countries...
That makes two of us, Fibi. The funny thing is, Spain also has the Running of the Bulls (in Pamplona, I think), and I do hope these same monsters, or their ilk at least, go there every year and perhaps get their comeuppance sooner or later.
If I was there, I would be with you.
I feel the same way Fibi.
::I translate the petition! Please send it!::
PAREN por favor el Toro Júbilo
Estoy horrorizada de que el Toro Júbilo todavía tiene lugar en Medinaceli, España. Este es el siglo 21, y no es aceptable que las turbas callejeras aten bolas de brea ardiente a los cuernos de un toro. Las bolas están en llamas durante horas, y se abrasan los cuernos del toro, el cuerpo y los ojos. Algunos toros tratan de poner fin a su agonía golpeándose con las paredes.
Mientras que diferentes culturas pueden no entender las costumbres de cada uno, todos los seres humanos racionales comprenden la crueldad. Prenderle fuego a un animal vivo es claramente sádico. Es hora de que todas las regiones de España se contribuyan y promuevan las doctrinas éticas que dan forma a nuestro mundo civilizado. El arte y la religión Patrimonio, entretenimiento, nunca justifican la tortura pura y simple.
No puedo apoyar una sociedad que ignora la tortura sádica de los animales. Voy a aconsejar a otros a unirse a mí en un boicot del turismo español y el comercio hasta que el Toro Júbilo y otras fiestas de sangre están prohibidas de forma permanente.
Signed and shared, this is evil beyond words