ACTIVISTS from 22 groups collectively representing women’s, children’s and animal rights are calling for an end to the ‘barbaric’ Pamplona bull run.
They have sent a letter to Pamplona Mayor Joseba Asiron asking him to edit out the highlight of the annual San Fermin festivities, when human runners dodge the horns of bulls let loose in the streets while onlookers taunt and prod the animals.
The collective, which includes PETA, Stand Together and Solace Women’s Aid, among others, sees the festival as ‘a senseless amalgamation of violence, all in the name of entertainment’.
In support of its request, the protest coalition has cited a US study that links animal violence to other anti-social behaviour.
However the study, conducted by Northeastern University in 1997, only considers physical abuse of animals – evidence that supports ending bullfights more than bull runs.