Target: Soria Officials
Goal: Stop the tradition of burning live bulls in Soria, Spain.
Although Spain is known for its rich culture and traditions, many of these traditions involve severe cruelty toward bulls. The annual tradition in the little town of Medinaceli located in the city of Soria, Spain is called Toro de Fuego or Toro Jubilo, and it involves burning live bulls in front of locals and tourists. This cultural event gathers roughly 4000 spectators in the November of every year, and each year, innocent bulls are horrifically murdered.
The Toro de Fuego, which literally translates to “bull of fire,” is an incredibly sadistic and barbaric tradition. The bulls are usually tortured by being tied up and poked at before the live burning as a means to weaken the animals. When the sun sets, the bulls’ horns are wrapped with a big ball of chemicals on a wooden block that are set on fire, creating the image of flaming horns that they call bolas de pez. These bulls are then released to run aimlessly throughout the town as the spectators taunt them and cheer. The fire is so immense that the bulls are immediately blinded by the flames, and eventually, their faces are no longer recognizable. Not being able to see anything, the bulls often run head first into walls, further injuring themselves. At the end of several gruesome hours, the bulls usually all die from this terrible tradition. The dead bodies are then cut up and specific parts are distributed amongst the participants.
The Toro de Fuego has been around for centuries, but it was banned from 1962-1977 when British reporters exposed the event and denounced it. The Toro de Fuego must be banned permanently to prevent any future torture of these animals. The Medinaceli Town Hall recently decided to submit an application to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), hoping that the organization would recognize the Toro de Fuego as a cultural event.
Although Toro de Fuego is a cultural tradition, it is definitely an outdated and cruel one that must be banned forever. The torture of these bulls is unbearable and extremely unnecessary. The bulls are being murdered just for the entertainment of humans, and it cannot go on anymore.
Dear Officials of Soria,
The Toro de Fuego, which occurs annually every November, is a cruel and sadistic tradition that cannot continue anymore. The bulls are tied up and poked at before the race starts, and then their horns are lit on fire so that they can amuse people. The fire burns everything on the bulls’ faces and renders all of them blind. These bulls run into walls and stumble over things just to entertain people, which is absolutely disgusting.
After hours of torture, the bulls all die and their bodies are cut apart and distributed amongst the participants. I understand that Toro de Fuego has been a long tradition in your culture, but the amount of cruelty and pain that these bulls go through should not be tolerated. You must put an end to Toro de Fuego and perhaps find another tradition that will not endanger innocent animals and people.
[Your Name Here]