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Help End the Sadistic 'Fire Bull' Festival in Soria

Disturbing footage recorded by animal protection groups AnimaNaturalis and CAS International in November 2023 reveals the reality of Spain’s "fire bull" festival (Toro Júbilo). The video captured a frightened bull struggling to escape the blazing balls of fire attached to his horns.


On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky, black substance made from coal tar or petroleum) are stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire. The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain, often smashing into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony he must endure is unimaginable. These fiery balls can remain alight for hours, burning his horns, eyes, and body and causing him tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around him. This type of sadistic ritual is called toro embolado, which roughly translates as “bull with balls” (a reference to the balls of burning pitch that are stuck to his horns).

PETA is calling on Spanish authorities to put an end to this violent bull-burning festival and replace it with a new celebration that leaves animals in peace instead of flames. Please join our campaign by sending a message to Spanish officials and urge them to cancel this sadistic event permanently.

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President of the Province of Soria

Soria Tourism Board

Castilla y Leon Regional Council

Ambassador of Spain to Australia

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