Disturbing footage of a bull confused and frightened that had been tied to a wooden post before it ran around a ring and seemingly hit its head on a wooden post in the small town of Foios in Valencia, Spain on purpose, has sparked online rage about the brutality of the blood sport of bullfighting.
The video, obtained by the animal rights group Bulls Defenders United and posted on their Facebook, shows the crowd’s excitement turn into shock as the bull dashed full speed into the post – killing itself. The comment below the video stated:
“A bull despairs with the fire on its horns and crashes against the trunk to which it was tied. How many lives will still be taken in the name of traditions that are nothing by barbarity.
The bull is said to have died instantly and had been tied to the post in front of a cheering and boisterous crowd celebrating the “Bulls in the Street” festival; a smaller version of the Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls festival. According to the Independent, the bull had reportedly gored a man in the leg during a bull fight earlier in the day. It is not known if that was the reason this particular bull was chosen to be tied to the post, and its horns lit on fire.
Just this week, the Balearic Islands, which includes Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza, voted to make bullfighting more regulated and less brutal, including a ban on the use of horses and sharp implements in the arenas, a ten-minute limit on fighting and the prohibition of alcohol in the stadiums. In addition the bulls would be vet checked before and after the competition; at the completion of the event, the animals would be returned to their respective farms.
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“This bull tortured with fire (“toro embolado” or “bou embolat”) is burned alive in Cheste (Valencia); men burn his horns and his back.This is not an isolated case. Many bulls are burned alive in Valencian Community every year, especially in Castellón: the place of the world where more bulls are tortured with fire.”
(Photo and video via Facebook via Bull Defenders United)
Previous article about bullfighting ban here.
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