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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.


  • December 1, 2016

    UNESCO to recognize cruelty to horses and bulls as “cultural heritage”

    HSI has criticized the listing of the cruel Mexican equestrian practice “charrería”, a practice that consists of tailing, roping and riding horses and bulls, on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

  • November 28, 2016

    Brazil President Michel Temer urged to veto vaquejadas bill

    Seeking to sustain the Supreme Federal Court decision that vaquejadas, a type of bullfighting event prevalent in Northeastern Brazil, are unconstitutional, HSI is urging Brazilian President Michel Temer to veto a bill that would protect this violent, cruel event as a cultural heritage.

  • September 12, 2016

    Toro de la Peña, not a humane substitute for cruel Toro de la Vega

    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

    Spanish region bans public killing of ‘El Toro de la Vega’

    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.

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