Let’s be clear: Bullfighting has never been a kind sport, but it reached new levels of cruelty during a „burning bull“ festival in the Spanish town of Foios last month. While supporters say the bulls involved in this grotesque tradition do not suffer, what happened a few weeks ago proves otherwise.
As soon as the organizers untied the bull, he immediately began to writhe in agony as he tried to avoid the fire blazing on top of his head. After running away for a fleeting moment, the distraught animal turned to face the post he had just been released from. Then he charged, ramming himself into the pillar head-first. He died instantly.
One spectator caught the ordeal on video, and I watched it. The first thing I noticed when playing the footage is that it almost looks like the bull intentionally killed himself.