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Picturesque Protest Over Running of the Bulls

Written by PETA | July 6, 2010

Before the drunken partiers filled Pamplona’s streets today to kick off the annual Running of the Bulls tormenting of bulls, scores of animal defenders from PETA U.K. and the Spanish animal rights group AnimaNaturalis creatively banded together to put the bulls’ perspective in the picture.


Photo by Matt Goldsmith for PETA UK
Pamplona protest


During this annual celebration of torture, bulls are jabbed with prods and sharp sticks to whip them into a frenzy. Then the panicking animals are stampeded through crowds of people, slipping and stumbling on the wine-soaked cobblestone streets. The exhausted bulls are later prodded into the bullring, where they are stabbed to death.

The majority of the Spanish population no longer supports this cruelty. In 2004, the Barcelona City Council declared Barcelona an anti-bullfighting city, and 40 other Spanish towns have followed suit. State-run Spanish television has also stopped televising the violence.

Let’s call the Running of the Bulls what it really is—sickening cruelty to animals—and call on Pamplona’s mayor to ban it.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • deebee says:

    Running of the Bulls….if we didn’t all know, this sounds like a nice day out for the Bulls to roam free.If you get injured you deserve it. How could you possibly enjoy any animal being tortured. Think about it,thats what you are doing!

  • Bev says:

    Stop this insane behavior!! You can’t possibly be human and consider THIS entertaining?!! What will it take to make Mankind the KIND MAN that God intended for us to be???

  • yolibeth says:

    I cannot beleive this is called a sport. This is madness!!! I truely feel mad right now i feel like protesting all day!!! This “sport” is cruel evil and hell for those who go through it!!! I am glad to see good people trying to do something about it!! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

  • Erin says:

    this tradition is so cruel I feel so bad for the scared bulls it’s uncivilized and then they die after wards how terrible thank you Peta for bringing awareness to this torture!

  • Jackie says:

    Nudity is hardly creative or original.

  • Tim Layman says:

    Thanks to all of the fine folks at PETA for staying on top of this issue. The only good thing about the running of the bulls is when one of those cruel drunken morons get trampled.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    No it’s the torturing of the bulls. I emailed the president of Spain about this issue and I actually got a reply that did not seem to be a form letter. As it was in Spanish I had to translate it as best I could but the gist of it was that the government was working on ending the practice and they would keep in touch with me on new legislation regarding this matter and they have! I have written and emailed many United States presidents in the past and have received either a two line form letter response or nothing at all and yet the Government of Spain takes the time to email me about my conerns!