We normally tell you about the great places to visit that are animal friendly— but we just had to post this on here as one place YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TO.
In Medinaceli, a picturesque town in the province of Soria, Spain, a “tradition” called “Toro Júbilo” brings shame on Spain. On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky black substance made from tar or turpentine) once again were stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire. The burning bull is called “Toro de Fuego” (literally “bull on fire”).
The bull was then released onto the streets and could do nothing but run around in pain. The bull often smashes into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony the bull must suffer is unimaginable. These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull’s horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.
Please contact Soria officials and politely urge them to ban Toro Jubilo! Remind them that Toro Jubilo is a sadistic and archaic event that has no place in today’s society, and let them know that you, and everyone you know, will refuse to travel to Soria until this cruel ritual is finally brought to an end.
Be a compassionate traveler—from weekend getaways to dream vacations.