TORO JUBILO FIESTA (Setting fire to the horns of live bulls)
I recently signed a petition which asked that the "Toro Jubilo Fiesta" and other fiestas that inflict terrible cruelty upon bulls in Spain be stopped. PACMA (Anti- Bullfighting Party) has three times hand delivered this petition to the Medinacelli-Soria Junta in Spain in October 2009, 2010, and 2011. They also promised to send the same petition in October 2012; sadly, these petitions were all being ignored by the Junta and the people of Spain- principally in the Soria province where this cruelty is being perpetrated on innocent bulls.
Here is what happens to the unfortunate bull: "Before being released, the bull is forcibly tied down, balls of flammable material are attached to his horns which are lighted, and can burn the horns, body and eyes, causing terrible suffering. Several times the running bull may try to kill himself against walls, due to his terrible pain." This cruelty occurs annually at the end of the second week of November."
Just horrible. I can't understand how a people can find pleasure in viewing a bull suffering. I cannot understand how anyone would be proud in considering this cruelty a part of one's heritage- causing unspeakable pain and suffering to an innocent bull. I cannot understand why the Catholic hierarchy does not forbid this "festival" because in my view -- this cruelty may well constitute a sin. Or does the Catholic Church not consider torturing an animal a sin? I hope that Pope Francis will learn of this cruelty and stop it. Other popes it seems were unable to stop bull fights. How can they ignore the ban of a pope in this regard?
Yes, I realize if I take a good look at my crosses and tribulations, they are nothing in comparison to so much suffering to people and animals worldwide. Please God help them all.