Worked up into a frenzy, the men stabbed the bull as it ran through a meadow and, when it finally collapsed from exhaustion, they drove a spear through its neck. The hunters then cut off the animal's testicles and paraded them around town on a spear, before the man who finally killed the bull was given a medal.
Thousands of furious protesters tried to stop the event but it still went ahead, even though 74% of Spaniards oppose it!
Animal protection charity Humane Society International (HSI) has demanded Spanish officials listen to the people and put an immediate end to 'all fiestas that involve animal cruelty'. HSI calls it a cruel spectacle that causes stress and animal suffering for nothing more than entertainment.
A demonstration in central Madrid last Saturday saw tens of thousands of Spanish citizens march against the event. More than 120,000 people have signed HSI's 'Break a Spear' campaign which calls on politicians to stop all animal-killing fiestas. Claire Bass, Executive Director of HSI UK: "We are sickened by the gratuitous animal cruelty that took place at Toro de la Vega fiesta. It's time for Spanish politicians to wake up to 21st century ethical values and end this barbaric, archaic and perverse form of 'entertainment' for good."
The Toro de la Vega is one of hundreds of violent events globally that cause animals suffering and distress every year.