A shocking video from Spain is reminding the world why bulls deserve respect and compassion from humans. Heartbreaking footage reveals that during a bull run at the 2023 Bou de les Penyes festival in the Valencian municipality of Ontinyent, a terrified bull charging through city streets sustained catastrophic injuries after leaping over a short wall with a 50-foot drop on the other side. In the video below, you can hear the screams of the crowd as the bull leaps over the edge and falls:
According to reports, veterinarians had to sedate and ultimately euthanize the gravely injured animal. But he’ll be far from the only victim of bull runs and bullfights this year.
During the weeklong San Fermín festival held annually in Pamplona, Spain, six bulls and at least six steers (young neutered males) are released into the streets each day before being corralled into the bullring. A total of 48 bulls are tortured and killed over the course of the week, as thousands of people witness their violent deaths.
If you travel to Spain, enjoy the art, beaches, breathtaking architecture and views, live music and flamenco dances, hikes, parks, plazas, nightlife, soccer games, and sunsets. Go on tours, meet locals, visit museums and markets, and try vegan pinchos, tapas, sangria, and sorbet. Just remember: Cruelty isn’t a part of culture worth preserving. Seek thrills somehow other than by running with bulls!
Urge the Prime Minister of Spain to End the Bloody Torture of Bulls
During the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, terrified bulls are shocked with electric prods to force them out onto the streets, where they’re chased by screaming mobs. The panicked animals often slip and crash into walls, resulting in broken bones and other injuries. Later on, these same bulls will be barbarically killed in the bullring—a fact that many tourists remain unaware of.