Despite regional and worldwide condemnation of the killing of bulls for “entertainment,” the century’s old Toro de la Vega “festival” takes place every September in Tordesillas, Spain.

A lone bull is chased and harassed through the streets and into a field, where men on foot and horseback wield lances. The terrified and confused bull is tortured and repeatedly stabbed until he lies crippled and dying. His testicles are often cut off while he is still alive. The person who ultimately kills him is awarded a ceremonial spear and a medal by the City Council. This year, the bull, “Afligido”— Spanish for “Sorrowful”—eventually died after being stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.

Tradition is no excuse for cruelty. Please write to the mayor and the Tourist Office and urge them to bring a permanent end to this cruel and sadistic “celebration.”


Click the links below to send polite comments to:

José Antonio González Poncela
[email protected]

Tourist Office of Tordesillas

*Please note that the above links require all lines to be filled out. The below translations might assist you:

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E-mail us at [email protected] and let us know what you wrote, and we’ll give you 500 peta2 points.

Thanks for speaking up for bulls!