The celebrations with bulls are a form of cruelty and violence
In the popular festivals of the towns of Spain, the bulls are immobilized, pulled with ropes, attacked, forced to run, thrown into the sea and light torches on their horns. Animals suffer falls, blows, intense suffering, and sometimes death.
The cruelest form of celebration is when balls impregnated with a flammable substance are placed in their horns and lit to see them run desperately.
Ban cruel traditions!
We are carrying out the largest and most in-depth investigation of the more than 18,000 cruel events with animals that take place in Spain year after year, and which unfortunately are increasing. We want to bring to light the mistreatment that thousands of peoples hide in their festivities and traditions.
The ranches are endangering the future of bullfights, which have less and less support, and they see a growing business in popular festivities. We want to put an end to the cruel fiestas. Can you help us?
We present our research that shows for the first time the total number of towns that celebrate cruel festivals with bulls, how much public money is given to the organization of these events and the description of all the bullfighting modalities to which tens of thousands of animals are subjected each year.
Public money that is allocated in each
Autonomous Community to celebrations with bulls (2019)
Town that allocates the most public money to events with bulls:
according to your own official budgets
Azuqueca de Henares
Town that allocates the most public money per capita to events with bulls:
for each of its 54 inhabitants
Town that holds the most events with bulls:
events that use a least 216 bulls
Province with the highest number of events with bulls:
events that use 6,970 bulls
Public money that is allocated in each
province of Spain to celebrations with bulls (2019)
A bull is called a roped bull to the modality of popular bullfighting celebration consisting of the release in a locality of a cow with one or more ropes tied to its head to control its movements and attacks. The rope bull is probably the most atavistic spectacle and also the most distressing for the animal, being the one that limits its movements the most and for the longest time.
Nearly 2,500 bulls are packed with fire every year in a large number of Spanish cities, all with the approval and subsidies of town halls, councils and regional governments, despite the fact that this practice entails intense suffering for the bull, a victim of exhaustion, blows, falls, as well as disorientation, fear and anguish.
Bulls in the sea
It is a modality that takes place in a square open to the sea located in the port or the beach of the town where it is held. There it is about the bull chasing the fans, who avoid their attacks by jumping into the sea and provoking the animal until it also falls into the water.
Running of the bulls
The release of bulls or running of the bulls are maintained as a custom in practically the entire territory and are common in patron saint festivities in most regions. It consists of a group of people running in front of a herd of 6 to 10 bulls, cows, steers or heifers.
It is about loose bulls in a ring, where they are persecuted, harassed and mocked by young men from the town.
08 noviembre 2023
Medinaceli, a small corner of Soria, once again finds itself at the center of a dark spectacle that ignites outrage and international condemnation. In this peaceful village of 721 inhabitants, the Toro Jubilo stands as a testament to human cruelty, a stark reminder that, in the 21st century, barbarity can still find its place in society.
05 septiembre 2023
AnimaNaturalis and CAS International have launched a pioneering investigation in Spain that reveals an estimate of the expenses incurred in 2019 by the 1,820 municipalities that organize and finance this type of festival. 22% of Spanish municipalities hold some type of popular bull festival each year, with the majority concentrated in the Valencian Community, Castilla y León, and Castilla-La Mancha.
24 julio 2023
AnimaNaturalis and CAS International documented this weekend a contest where the horns of several bulls were lit with fire, in Morella (Castellón, Spain). Two bulls suffered accidents that, despite the censorship and aggression that the public tried, could be recorded.
18 julio 2023
AnimaNaturalis and CAS International witnessed in Teruel 12 bulls forced to run in suffocating heat to close La Vaquilla 2023. Tied by the head, the animals stumbled several times on the garbage-filled asphalt and had to endure constant abuse from the public.
18 julio 2023
AnimaNaturalis and CAS recorded the animal suffering in Teruel and the exposure of children to this cruelty during the festivities of La Vaquilla.
10 julio 2023
The bulls we throw into the sea are still legal in the Valencian Community, and Dénia is where they are most popular. For this reason, AnimaNaturalis and CAS International return to that town to document the martyrdom of the bulls in the name of tradition.
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