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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.


  • July 24, 2017

    Spanish Balearic Islands votes to eliminate bullfighting

    HSI/Europe applauded the Parliament of the Balearic Islands for approving legislative measures to make it impossible to hold bullfights or bull fiestas in this autonomous community. The legislation came in lieu of an explicit ban because the Spanish Constitutional Court had previously ruled that regions do not have the autonomous power to ban bullfighting.

  • July 24, 2017

    Las Islas Baleares votan para eliminar la tauromaquia

    HSI aplaudió al Parlamento de las Islas Baleares por votar a favor de medidas legislativas que imposibilitan la realización de la tauromaquia en esta comunidad autónoma. Esta legislación sustituye una abolición directa debido a que el Tribunal Constitucional español ha dictaminado previamente que las regiones no tienen el poder autónomo para abolir las corridas de toros.

  • 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.

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