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Toro Jubilo fiesta returns to Medinaceli, Soria

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By h.b. - Nov 13, 2011 - 12:41 PM
Animal rights organisations are furious, while the local Town Hall wants UNESCO protection
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Some 4,000 people attended this year’s ‘Toro de fuego’ or Toro Jubilo fiesta in the Soria town of Medinaceli on Saturday night.

The 430 kilo bull, Andaluz, who had been bread in Gallur, Zaragoza, had to put up with first being tied up to a post in the main square of the town, and then suffer as flames were attached to his horns with the so called ‘bolas de pez’ flares. These are made with oakum, turpentine and sulphur, and ignited and there is nothing the animal can do to avert the suffering. Mud is placed on the skin of the bull to avoid burns as the animal is released to panic in the square. The beast is taunted by the young members of the crowd until the flares have finally burnt out.

Animal rights group PACMA has described the fiesta as ‘a clear example of animal mistreatment’. Spokesperson Silvia Barquero demanded the fiesta be banned saying that the ‘fire, fright and panic caused to the bulls offered a ‘terrible spectacle’. PACMA has also criticised similar ‘correbous’ fiestas in Cataluña and Valencia.

The Toro Jubilo fiesta which took place in Medinaceli last night had been banned between 1962 until 1977 after some British reporters denounced the fiesta and the authorities responded by banning its celebration, but now times have changed.

Medinaceli Town Hall has this year started the application for the ‘Toro de Fuego’ fiesta to be recognised by UNESCO to obtain ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ protection for the practice which has been going on for hundreds of years.

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