End Toro de Jubilo, Bull of Fire Spanish festival "burning bull's alive" and bullfighting

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End this inhuman murdering and killing of bulls!!!! This tradition of burning "bull's alive" and "bullfighting" is a disgrace to humanity. How can we allow bull's to be tortured and killed in this manner and just stand by and do nothing. I urge all officials in power to put pressure on the country of Spain to end this NOW!!!!

All under the name of "tradition", every second Saturday of November, in Medinaceli Spain, a young bull is taken to the square and its horns sprinkled with flammable material because it is burned alive. The harrowing ‘Fire Bull’ event in the picturesque Spanish province of Soria has taken place for centuries and attracts some 1,500 people to the village of Medinaceli. The cruel fiesta sees the distressed animal pinned down while men strap wooden stakes doused with highly flammable tar to its horns. After setting the stakes alight, the petrified bull is left to buck around a makeshift ring erected specially for the event. Locals then demonstrate their ‘bravery’ by taunting and chasing the animal. Animal rights groups are campaigning for the sadistic blood sport to be banned, saying the confused bull would be in “unimaginable agony” before it is eventually dragged away to be butchered. The invite-only tradition is reportedly accessible to a select few, and organizers have previously banned media from attending. But pictures or footage are often smuggled out by activists to expose the cruelty of the event. This event typically takes place on the second weekend in November. The animal is forced into the ring to cheers from the crowd before locals get to work attaching the flammable stakes to its head.

A statement from PETA UK said: “The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain. “The bull often smashes into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. “The agony the bull must suffer is unimaginable. These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull's horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.”

Earlier this year graphic footage from a similar event in the small town of Foios, in Valencia, showed a terrified bull running headfirst in to a wooden post after having its horns set on fire. The animal died instantly. the shocking video shows the half-ton animal going crazy as flaming torches light up the night sky for a Spanish custom known as Toro Embolado – the Burning of the Bulls. Tethered to a wood post, the bull goes demented the second it is released, swaying its head as the flames flicker across its face and a man hangs on to its tail. Within seconds, the powerful black bull twists round and charges full pelt into the wooden post, striking its heads and slumping to the ground dead.

Following the event, animal rights group Bull Defenders United, which obtained the footage, said: “A bull despairs with the fire on its horns and crashes against the trunk to which it was tied.

“How many lives will still be taken in the name of traditions that are nothing but barbarity?”

SHOCKING images of the barbaric Toro Jubilo festival have emerged showing a terrified bull with its horns set ablaze for the entertainment of a cheering crowd. Spanish authorities have designated the festival a cultural event, which gives it special status and allows it to continue despite condemnation from animal rights groups and a majority of Spaniards.