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CAS International and AnimaNaturalis filmed two cruel fire festivals with bulls in Els Muntells (Catalonia) and Morella (Valencia) in August. With the relaxation of coronation measures, bull festivals in Spain are taking place again. Therefore, we can once again take new images of these events and show them to the world. Sign the petition so we can put an end to the cruel bull festivals in Spain.
In July, we filmed another festival with fire bulls, in Camarles (Catalonia). The fire bull is an extremely cruel event, in which the bull's horns are covered with a flammable substance and then set on fire. When the bull is released with "burning horns" it is chased. The animal panics because of the fire and cannot put it out in any way. The flammable material falls on his head so that he ends up being partially covered by it. In Catalonia and the state of Valencia, some 2,500 fire bull festivals are held each year.
More than 18,000 cruel bull festivals take place in Spain every year. CAS International and AnimaNaturalis are currently conducting the largest investigation ever into the abuses taking place in various bull festivals in Spain. Both organizations want to bring this animal suffering to light, not only in Spain but also abroad. The majority of Spaniards are against these types of events with bulls that are considered controversial.
These types of bull festivals receive municipal, regional and national subsidies. For example, thanks to our research we know that Catalonia puts 850,000 euros of subsidies into cruel bull festivals every year. Valencia spends a much higher amount of money: 37 million. The breeding of the bulls is partly financed by 130 million euros in agricultural subsidies from the European Union. It is estimated that a total of 629 million euros of subsidy ends up in bullfighting and festivals with bulls in Spain.
We continue to put pressure on the authorities. In the coming months, we will protest in even more Spanish cities - when the Spanish corona measures allow it. Keep an eye on our website for more news. We will also publish new results of our in-depth research.