The annual savagery known as Toro de Jubilo (Bull of Fire) involves mobs chasing bulls they've set on fire. The tourist board in Soria, Spain, where where Toro de Jubilo takes place, promotes it as a "tourist attraction." Send comments urging permanent cancellation of this sadistic festival. PHOTO: International Movement Against Bullfights, http://www.iwab.org/ongoingcampaigns.html
In light of the recent ban on bullfighting in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, I find it shocking that officials in Soria still let jeering mobs taunt a bull with balls of burning tar or turpentine affixed to his horns. Caked in mud from legs to forehead, the animal slowly scorches. Some smash into walls to escape hours of agony.
"Some traditions can't remain frozen in time as society changes," nationalist Jose Rull said when Catalonian legislators voted to ban bullfighting. The Toro de Jubilo is frozen in time -- an archaic and senseless brutalization of animals.
Please permanently cancel the Bull of Fire throughout Spain. I urge officials to enforce laws that shield animals from all forms of abuse, including vulgar rituals and blood fiestas.
Different cultures may not understand unique customs, but everyone recognizes animal cruelty. Heritage, entertainment, art and religion never justify outright torture.