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 12, 2016
Only a few months after the Castilla y Léon government banned the public killing of bulls used in fiestas, the City Council of Tordesillas announced that a bull run will replace the Toro de la Vega bull spearing festival to comply with the ban.
June 9, 2016
HSI/Europe welcomed a decree approved by the Regional Assembly of Castilla y León that will prohibit the public killing of the bull used in the Toro de la Vega fiesta in Tordesillas, Spain. However, a complete end to these cruel events is needed.
February 1, 2016
HSI has called on the Governor of Veracruz and the Mayor of Tlacotalpan to put an end to the “Embalse de Toros,” a cruel event where Cebu bulls are beaten and drowned.
October 28, 2015
Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of ending EU subsidies to farmers who specifically breed bulls for bullfights. Joanna Swabe, Ph.D., Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director, issued the following statement: