Every year, hundreds of fiestas involving the use of bulls take place across Spain. The animals are chased, injured, taunted and killed in public spectacles that desensitize those who witness them. Cruelty is not entertainment.
The type and scale of these events vary. Some are openly publicized to tourists and others are held privately for local citizens. At least one event has been declared “cultural heritage” by politicians.
At “fire bull fiestas,” bulls' horns are set alight and the animals teased by onlookers while firecrackers explode all around. In other instances, men on horseback with long spears pursue and corner bulls who, when finally exhausted, are stabbed to death.
With our partners and many thousands of compassionate animal advocates, HSI is campaigning to end these pointless, heartless activities. Please join us.
September 15, 2015
Humane Society International/UK condemned the torment and killing of a bull named Rompesuelas (breaking soles) at the Toro de la Vega fiesta in Tordesillas, Spain as “gratuitous animal cruelty”. The killing took place despite polling data revealing that the majority of Spanish people oppose the brutal fiesta.
September 10, 2015
Almost three quarters, 74 per cent, of Spanish citizens aged 16-65 oppose the Toro de la Vega bull fiesta, an Ipsos MORI online opinion poll commissioned by Humane Society International shows.
May 8, 2014
Dr. Nanditha Krishna, chairperson of Humane Society International/India and HSI board member, applauds the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India issued a landmark verdict banning the use of bulls for entertainment.
September 30, 2013
Campaigners in Spain have called for a tourism award bestowed on the Toro de la Vega bull fiesta in 1980 to be removed.