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:
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:
Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)