ACTIVISTS from around the world gathered in Pamplona’s main square today, ahead of the ‘Running of the Bulls’ at the annual San Fermín festival.
Wearing the event’s famous white-and-red costumes and with their faces painted to look like the Grim Reaper, the protesters displayed “bloody” hands and multilingual signs that read, “You Run – Bulls Die” – a message to festivalgoers that the same bulls who slip and slide down Pamplona’s cobbled streets will all be stabbed to death in the town’s bullring.
“Many of the tourists who come to Pamplona to run with the bulls have no idea that they are participating in a festival that celebrates the torture and death of these magnificent animals, and if they did, most would undoubtedly run the other way”, says PETA campaign coordinator Kirsty Henderson. “We’re here to ask thrill seekers to find another way to get their kicks that doesn’t involve harming animals.”
PETA claim that bullfighting has been on the decline, with attendance decreasing and bullrings closing across countries that permit bullfights and the industry survives only because of huge subsidies and tourists who unwittingly fuel the events.
A recent poll showed that 76 per cent of Spanish people have no interest in bullfights.
“A recent poll showed that 76 per cent of Spanish people have no interest in bullfights.”
And the other 24% vote for PP which normal enough to keep the country in their power
People need to know that the bulls are killed after they run at Pamplona.
It’s not all just jolly japes for tourists risking a goring.
Bring on a new way of thinking in Spain asap.
The Spanish youth will change things.
A poll in Pamplona, taken this week, would show that young people enjoy running with the bulls. The Peta people are a tiresome minority.
Bullfights will stop only if there’s no one interested in watching them.
I am in favor of running with the bulls, but I am against that bulls are abused.
Lovers of the San Fermines seem to have shown admirable restraint in facing the aliens from PETA.
They should have been chased out of town ……….
that would really be a thrill !
Any one that supports or paticipates in the running of bulls is supporting and condoning animal cruelty. It is a shameful spectacle that has no place in decent society. If humans want excitement and danger they can do something that doesn’t involve animals. Stop hurting animals just because you can.
Anselmo: Your comment is an oxymoron. With the emphasis on the last five letters.
Ah Stefanjo, You have proven you can count to five, well done! Or did someone help you?
Ah El Cordobez, you have proven you can do joined-up writing.
Or did somebody help you?
Some places do run with the bulls as tradition and NOT kill them.
MOST KILL THEM AFTER RUNNING!!.. AFTER ALL THE LAUGHTER
YOU MUST REALISE THIS!!
PROTEST WITH THE SPANISH YOUTH PLEASE!
Drop the Run. Stick with throwing tomatoes. Sad, for the animals.