Protesters decry bull burning festival in Spanish village

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Activists protested the 400-year-old tradition, Toro de Jubilo (Joy of the Bull) festival in the Spanish village of Medinaceli, where a bull is pinned down and its horns lit on fire. Protesters could be heard shouting “shame,” “murderers,” and “the scum of Spain” to attendees. The massive presence of police in the small village prevented a face-to-face confrontation between supporters of the tradition and the numerous protesters, allowing the event to go off without much intervention.

Toro de Jubilo takes place on the second weekend of November when a group of men cover a bull in mud, pin it down, place balls on each horn, and set them on fire. The bull is then released to run around the square for around an hour. It is then butchered.