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A Load of Bull

In Medinacell, found in the Soria region of Spain, the people have a brutal tradition.  People had thought that the running of the bulls in Pamplona was cruel to the bull, Medinacell has now become the next focus for animal rights activists.  

Every year in this town a bull is taken to be covered in mud and have pitch hung around his horns to light it on fire.  The fire burns the eyes, nose, and mouth of this creature while the rest of its body is protected by the mud.  While the blaze engulfs the pitch, the spectators, most recently up to 4,000, tease the animal and disorient it.  The bull is then set loose to run around.  In this state it slams its body and head against buildings or the ground causing itself further damage.  Here is a link to an article and video clip of this from a Spanish news website:

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_32664.shtml

If this was not enough, there are even reports that the bull is then butchered and eaten by the spectators.  This may have been a more traditional finale, as current officials say that this is no longer done.  

The running of the bulls has since been outlawed, but why are towns allowed to light bulls on fire and harass them still??  Now, although this is an old tradition and we should understand and respect that; there is also a universal understanding of cruelty.  This whole event is based on torturing a bull for entertainment currently, and in this spirit, the event should be outlawed.  Below is a petition to help get this show of cruelty banned:

http://www.change.org/petitions/live-bull-to-be-set-on-fire-spain-action-needed

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Anita Vegana
    I agree with you. This is just mean. I voted. I wrote an article about a very controversial animal rights activist - for sea wildlife, called The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Come read it and vote if you liked it.
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  2. SnakeWitch
    Oh God - how horrible! Here, the banning of bullfighting is huge. They don't do the bullruns in this country - or in all of South America, if I'm not mistaken - but bullfights in the ring are still huge. As for what you mention, I've never seen it here (knock on wood!). Voted! Come by my new article, Mayim is Vegan! You know what to do!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      And signed the petition!
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  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 4. Very good blog, I am glad you have highlighted this issue. I have been signing petitions about this atrocity, including the one above, year after year. So far they keep ignoring them, but we'll keep sending them! Sadly, Spain has some really horrific "traditions" involving killing and maiming animals, not just cruelty to bulls, but to lots of other animals as well. A supposedly "civilised" country, huh! The encouraging thing though is that a lot of the Spanish are now opposed to bullfighting, etc, so we will keep working on the good ones, help them influence the rest.
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  4. Marita Gold
    How horribly cruel! I have voted and signed the petition.
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  5. Veghead
    I have voted for you and signed the petition, I can't believe they do this.
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  6. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    this is awful, and something i had no idea about. thank you so much for informing us so we can do our part to speak up and stop this ridiculous form of entertainment. it really just sickens me! oy. anyway, sincere thanks for the article. voted. :)
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  7. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    OMG! how brutal.........needs to be stopped immediately! Great post…Voted! You can also check my latest ‘The Magical Ball of Green’! 
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