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Fire bull maltreated for hours in Medinaceli, Spain


At the controversial ‘Toro Jubilo’ fire bull festival in Medinaceli, Spain, the horns of bull Barquillero were set on fire. Only after more than an hour was the flammable material on the horns extinguished. CAS International and AnimaNaturalis took undercover footage of the event.

Toro Jubilo

Screenshort video CAS en AnimaNaturalis

On Saturday night, November 13, the originally medieval event Toro Jubilo took place again. This is an extremely cruel event involving a bull, 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 way the event takes place has hardly changed since the Middle Ages. Watch the footage here.

Fireworks were also set off. The flammable material falls on the head of the bull, eventually causing him to be partially covered by it. The event takes place not only in Medinaceli but also elsewhere in Spain. Some 2,500 fire bull festivals are also held in Catalonia and the state of Valencia. This year we took undercover footage of fire bulls in both regions.

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. The breeding of the bulls is partially financed by agricultural subsidies from the European Union. It is estimated that in Spain a total of 629 million euros of subsidy money goes to bullfighting and festivals with bulls. 130 million comes from agricultural subsidies from the European Union.

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