Toro Jubilo Festival Makes Bullfighting Look Like Child’s Play

If you thought bullfighting was cruel and barbaric, you’ll soon learn there are far worse ways to kill an innocent animal in the name of primitive entertainment.

Every year, on the second weekend of November, a horrific show takes place in the streets of Medinacelli, an otherwise picturesque Spanish town. As soon as the sun sets, bulls are brought into the town square, surrounded and restrained by the “bravest” of participants. Big balls of pitch are attached to the bull’s horns and the animal is set loose through the town.

This savage bull run is known as Toro Jubilo, and the bull is called Toro de Fuego, which translates as “bull of Fire”. As the pitch burns like a bonfire on the horns, it scorches his eyes and face causing it unspeakable pain. Disoriented and in agony, the bull often runs into walls and hurts himself even more, while the crowd run around him and cheers.

After hours of immense pain and eventually being blinded by the flames, the bull dies in agony. If this wasn’t cruel enough, the animal’s carcass is cut up and split among the participants to the event. Toro Jubilo is viewed simply as a form of entertainment by the people of Medinacelli, but this kind of animal cruelty doen’t qualify as such.

If you feel this is an old tradition that should continue, in the name of cultural diversity, just read this post, look at the photos and get back to what you were doing, but if you want to put a stop to it, make sure you sign this petition (I did) and share it with your friends.

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Feedback (26 Comments)

  • Harry Posted on August 19, 2010

    Where is the link to the petition?

  • Spooky Posted on August 19, 2010

    Link to the petition added, sorry about that

  • Monica Posted on August 19, 2010

    Hi, I’m from Spain and I assure you that there are a lot of people here that dislikes this. It’s an horrible practice, this and everything related to bullfighting.

    I’ve already signed the petition, thanks for sharing it.

  • Harry Posted on August 20, 2010

    Thanks Spooky. Petition signed.

  • IMB Posted on August 22, 2010

    That’s so cruel! Unbelievable

  • WILLIAM MIORAES CORRÊA (BRAZIL) Posted on August 30, 2010


  • Lilian Posted on August 31, 2010

    awful cannot belive this can happen to a poor animal. What a evil and cruel thing to do. The pain it must have suffer just for fun just wicked no other word for it.

  • cecilia Posted on September 3, 2010

    sick sick sick
    even hunters know that an animal who dies instantly without pain is more humane, if that isn’t bad enough

  • joao Paulo Posted on September 8, 2010

    Uma maldade sem limites por pura diversão sádica.

  • Roberto Comenale Posted on September 9, 2010

    It is very sad what is happening in Our Beatiful World and our dear animals that should have our protection in place of be terrorized by stupid and idiots human beens??? It is a shame for the Spain country and his people. PLEASE STOP WITH THIS SEAMS THAT THIS PEOPLE HAS NO HEARTH.

  • tangki pisangg Posted on September 26, 2010

    OMG this has to stop!!this is so cruel..:(
    dont they see tears on the bull eyes?T^T
    they are crazy stupid human:((

  • Michel Michaeljohn Posted on November 16, 2010

    The Toro de Jubilo (Bull of Fire) is a grotesque spectacle that draws protests and tourism boycotts from around the world. Yet it continues to annually occur in Medinaceli, a province of Soria, Spain.

    In light of the recent (July 2010) ban on bullfighting in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, I find it shocking that officials in Soria still let jeering mobs taunt a bull with balls of burning tar or turpentine affixed to his horns. Caked in mud from legs to forehead, the animal slowly scorches. Some smash into walls to escape hours of agony.

    “Some traditions can’t remain frozen in time as society changes,” Catalonian nationalist Jose Rull said when legislators voted to ban bullfighting. The Toro de Jubilo is frozen in time — an archaic and senseless brutalization of animals.

    Please permanently cancel the Bull of Fire throughout Spain. I urge officials to enforce laws that shield animals from all forms of abuse, including vulgar rituals and blood fiestas.

    Different cultures may not understand unique customs, but everyone recognizes animal cruelty. Heritage, entertainment, art and religion never justify outright “torture.”

    The Toro de Jubilo (Bull of Fire) is “Godless; pagan; satanic”… A “violent slap” across the face of God.

    Michel Michaeljohn; (American of Spanish Descent); California; United States.

  • Peggy Posted on November 16, 2010

    How can any human be that cruel and heartless.Why doesn’t GOD put an end to people like that.They do not deserve to live on this beautiful Earth,especially since they are horribly destroying some of our beautiful bulls

  • Rob Posted on February 18, 2011

    Is there any bull-related entertainment where one man enters a ring and attempts to submit a fully grown bull with his bare hands? Or are all these things about torturing animals and acting like you’re in the middle ages?

  • edu Posted on May 18, 2011

    don´t know how (where) to sign it!

  • Paula Posted on May 18, 2011


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  • Virna Mariutti Posted on May 18, 2011

    Que estupidez,será que isso não tem fim? até quando vamos viver como homens das cavernas? Não chegou a hora de respeitar os animais? o que faz o homem pensar que pode mandar nos animais e defenir o destino deles? de que adianta tanta tecnologia,tanta modernidade se ainda cometem tantas atrocidades?

  • daniela Posted on May 18, 2011

    Sem comentários, bando de b… fazendo isso com o animalzinho inocente!

  • Priscila Posted on May 19, 2011

    dá vontade de tacar fogo no rabo de quem faz isso com os animais

  • Giulio Lopes Posted on May 19, 2011

    SPAIN,all the world is seeing what you are doing. stop that, NOW!!! What a kind of monster are you?
    ESPAÑA. Todo el planeta está mirando a tí! Que tipo de hombres! COBARDES! Parem AHORA!!!

  • Christine Posted on June 27, 2011

    I’m SO glad to see so many names from Spain on the petition. It makes me extremely hopeful that even those who live there are for ending this cruelty.

  • Héctor Posted on October 26, 2011

    Más una miseria humana !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ACABEN CON ESO YA!