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What Is Toro de Jubilo?

A bull is seen with its horns on fire during the Toro de Jubilo

How much do you know about the Spanish “bull burning” festival known as Toro de Jubilo?

 toro-de-jubiloA video of a Spanish bull being set on fire has sparked global outrage when it went viral across social media. The video that was shot in secrecy by an animal rights activist shows a bull name Mancheguito being set on fire by the horns in what is known as Toro de Jubilo.

The festival, known as Joy of the Bull in English, dates back some 400 years, and takes place annually in the Spanish village of Medinaceli, some 160km north-east of Madrid.

In the viral video, a group of men surround the as they tease and cover it with in mud. Later, the bull gets a wooden frame mounted to its horns, which is set on fire.

Even though the bull was later on released, it suffered nearly 15 minutes of torture, and was in clear and obvious discomfort once released. Parts of the flaming wood has broken off and fallen onto the bull’s head.

And since slaughtering bulls in public is illegal in the region, Mancheguito would have been slaughtered in a nearby slaughterhouse a short time after.

This is not the first festival that circulates around animal abuse to spark outrage online. Last June thousands of social media users expressed rage over the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. This celebration is held annually during summer, where an estimate between 10,000 and 15,000 dogs are slaughtered and eaten.

The annual whale clubbing festival in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic have also caught world attention. Each year, around 800 long-finned pilot whales and some Atlantic white-sided dolphins are clubbed and slaughtered while they swim close to shore.

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