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Stop Burning Live Bulls

Stop Burning Live Bulls

We’re approaching Fire Bull season, when villages in Spain will attach flammable chemicals to the horns of bulls and light them on fire to watch them panic in the streets.

The toro de fuel, fire bull, is a variation on the running of the bulls. In this “celebration”, a bull has wads of flammable material or containers of flammable chemicals attached to his horns and is released into the street.

Seeing flames in front of his face, the bull panics and runs in terror, thrashing and flailing. Villagers taunt and bait the bull, dodging him for fun while sometimes throwing fireworks at him.

It’s common for bulls to charge and smash themselves into walls in a desperate attempt to either put out the flames or kill themselves.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition against the fire bull spectacle!

After the flames have disintegrated his horns, the fire moves to the bull’s face and the rest of his body. After being taunted, burned, and exhausted, the festival ends the same way a bullfight does, with the bull being stabbed to death.

Spectacles like the fire bull give us an example of what animal entertainment is at its core: the enormously painful and barbaric torturing of a confused and disabled animal for the sake of amusing human bystanders.

In recent years, many forms of animal entertainment and “sport” have begun to receive a lot of attention. This year Catalonia banned bullfighting, which was hailed as an enormous victory. But while it is a step in the right direction, it is important to realize how many problems are still so rampant. Animal exploitation doesn’t end when we achieve what we perceive to be a high profile victory on an issue.

The fight against rituals like the fire bull, the running of the bulls, bullfighting, horse racing, dogfighting, etc. are all interconnected. If we want to make a difference, we must deplore them simultaneously.

Regardless of whatever cultural importance or emotional weight these events might carry for certain groups, we can’t justify these animals’ suffering anymore than we can justify the misery of an elephant in a zoo, a lion in a circus, an orca in an aquarium, a horse on a track, or a monkey in a laboratory.

Take a stand against all the atrocities being committed against helpless animals and not just some of them. Animals do not exist for our entertainment anymore than they exist for our consumption.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition against the fire bull spectacle!


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6:08AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Notée. Déjà signée. Repartagée. Merci.

7:52AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Wickedness!

6:03PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

I hate humans, Humans suck. I have been saying that every day for years.

6:01PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Another country with sick, f...king WORTHLESS people!

2:23PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Now we're setting bulls on fire, tieing up bears against trees for dogs to attack and kill...Just when I think it can't get any worse. This is all so upsetting and painful to know about. Learning compassion may be the only hope for the human race, and I don't know that's going to happen.

1:42PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

SO SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:46AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Oh goodness, are you serious? This is entertainment? Amazing on what some humans call entertainment.

5:23AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Catalonia did ban bullfighting but kept the festival where a fire lance is attached to the bulls horns. Then these barbarians torture the bull for as long as 8 hours. Chasing it, stabbing it with knives and spears until it dies.

8:21AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

it is terrible that "we" always kill...
Killing because of egoistic ideas - money, power, jealousy (here: there are animals who are seen as "rivals")

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

7:49AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

You mention in this article that this is to honor the patron saint of animals....Saint Anthony. I was more than happy to sign this petition but just an FYI......St. Anthony is the patron saint of things lost. It is Saint Francis who is the Patron Saint of the Animals! You do wonderful work. Thank you! C

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