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 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.
September 24, 2013
Following the 2013 Toro de la Vega bull fiesta, a motion calling on the Spanish government to ensure animal abuse plays no part in such events was put to the Environment Committee by Laia Ortiz, spokesperson for the Plural Left party.
September 10, 2012
The Partido Animalista PACMA, Humane Society International and CAS International urge the Territorial Delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Spain to put an end to the Toro de la Vega fiesta.
June 19, 2012
Petition With 71,000 Signatures Against Cruel Bull Fiesta Presented To Territorial Delegate in Spain
Spain’s “Break A Spear” campaign, led by animal welfare groups Humane Society International/Europe, PartidoAnimalista, and CAS International, presented a petition of 71,000 signatures from citizens opposed to the Toro de la Vega bull fiesta to Pablo Trillo-Figueroa, the Territorial Delegate of Valladolid, Spain.