Outrage Over Distressing Footage of Bull with Flaming Horns
A deeply disturbing video capturing a bull with its horns set ablaze in Spain has ignited outrage and reignited the debate over the ‘atrocious’ tradition of bullfighting.
This distressing footage was shared by the non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), portraying a white bull visibly agitated as it is dragged along a street in Valencia, Spain. The bull’s horns are adorned with wood that has been set on fire, creating a horrifying spectacle.
The ‘Toro Embolado’ Tradition: A Controversial Practice
This ill-fated bull, adorned with flaming horns, is commonly referred to as a ‘toro embolado,’ or ‘bull with balls.’
It is a spectacle witnessed in various Spanish towns during bull running events.
The shocking clip depicts the terrified animal clashing its flaming horns against the street surface, seemingly pulled by a rope.
In a desperate moment, the bull wedges its horns into a tree, piercing the bark.
Disturbingly, a man then grabs its tail, forcing the bull to free itself.
PETA and PACMA Condemn the Tradition
PETA, in a post on social media, expressed its dismay, denouncing the tradition as “unjustifiable violence” that must be banned.
The Spanish charity Animalist Party With the Environment (PACMA) also criticized the event, highlighting the bull’s distress during a festival in Puzol, Valencia, on September 7.
The organization voiced concerns about the mistreatment of animals and called for an end to such practices in towns.
Bullfighting’s Controversial History Bullfighting predominantly takes place in large amphitheater-style rings, where tens of thousands of bulls meet their demise each year.
Matadors engage in daring encounters with the animals, attempting to evade injury by their powerful horns. In 2010, the Catalan government took a significant step by voting to ban bullfighting in the northeast region.
However, Spain’s top court overturned this decision in 2016, citing the practice as a part of Spain’s cultural heritage.
Bullfighting has also witnessed numerous human casualties, with over 530 professional matadors succumbing to injuries sustained in the ring over the past three centuries.
Public Outcry and Calls for Change
The video has sparked an outcry from viewers, with many expressing their horror and condemnation. Some questioned the entertainment value of such events and the morality of those who participate or witness them.
Calls for an end to this practice are growing louder as the world grapples with the ethical implications of bullfighting and its place in modern society.