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Ruining the Running of the Bulls

Written by PETA | July 5, 2011

More than 100 supporters of PETA U.K. and the Spanish group AnimaNaturalis lay naked and “bloodied” in Pamplona’s main square on Sunday to protest the cruel bull runs and subsequent bullfights, in which bulls are tortured and killed during the city’s annual festival of San Fermín.


They aren’t the only ones exposing Spain’s shame. Sexy Spanish celebrity Elen Rivas recently stripped down for a graphic PETA U.K. ad  to discourage tourists from attending bullfights when they visit Spain. 

EasyJet deemed Rivas’ ad to be
too gruesome for its in-flight


Most Spaniards – including those in my hometown of Barcelona, where bullfighting was recently banned – are opposed to the barbaric blood sport, and PETA and I are urging British tourists not to be fooled by the industry’s propaganda …




“Bulls can do nothing to demand justice. They can only defend themselves as best they can in a fight with a pre-determined ending and die never knowing why they were forced to endure such a painful and prolonged death,” wrote PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk in a recent Huffington Post blog. “It’s up to us, as a civilized society, to call for an end to the Running of the Bulls and bullfighting.”

Written by Jared Misner

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  • Astonished. says:

    Amazing how some people still think this is culture. Simply don´t get it.

  • maxine stead says:

    what a stunning and clever way to get the press to cover the story and then exposing an event that in this day and age surely to god by now should be banned. I hope it worked

  • DWD says:

    I for one am not a fan of PETA’s constant use of nudity but this was brilliant, the shape of the bull the red bodies as blood, I loved it, how could one not be affected by such imagery. Thanks PETA

  • pat says:

    Why is it taking many years to stop this!!! The people to blame for it still existing are the people who pay money to watch it! Without ther revenue –it would stop! Can’t you stop them at the gate??

  • Lucille van Straaten says:

    After just five minutes at a bullfight, I ran out weeping. I could not believe people could be so barbaric and enjoy it. I became a vegetarian then. Forty years later nothing has changed. They still have bullfights, and people still go to them.

  • kathy says:

    @earth_advocate, Well said. That makes sense that the people who say that are probably looking at it through a narrow perspective of porn and have much less familiarity with nudity in other contexts like art. Although I wouldn’t even call this nudity, as that other post did, since everyone is wearing briefs. They’re making a statement.

  • Janarthanan says:

    I love Animals


    Someday when i am a famous musician i want to star in PETS’s ads. Bullfights are cruel sick and stupid. There is NOTHING right about bullfights. Animals in the entertainment bussiness end up dead because of such horrible abuse. I do not support animals in cricuses like Ringly Bros., i do not surpport bullfight, AND I DO NOT SUPPORT ANIMALS IN ENTERTAINMENT. I LOVE PETA.

  • Lisa says:

    showing skin isnt really a big deal considering all other species on the planet earth do it also

  • Hope says:

    hahaha thats pretty creative 😀

  • earth_advocate says:

    to me the reasoning behind the people being naked in the posters is that bulls and other species aren’t wearing jeans and t shirts or anything but their own skin and the people posing in the picture are doing the same thing. wearing nothing but their own skin. without our clothes and fashion plate crap we are just as exposed as fragile as these exploited species are. I don’t know people get so upset, it as not like she is posing to show off her private parts. And to those people who complain about the skin showing.. I am guessing some of you look at porn and that is all you relate to these posters which is what is making you understand the actual message of the poster itself. its the 21st century people nudity like this is nothing to embarassed about. Other wise you might as well shut down most art gallery and burn art history books.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    How the act of bullfighting can be called ‘fun’ and ‘entertainment’ is beyond me, and the spectators must be mentally challenged if they actually pay money to watch this untold wanton brutal cruelty and humiliation carried out on an innocent animal. Sham on all who participate.

  • ZacH says:

    People will make anything a sport now a days.

  • Barbara Acheson says:

    Go PETA! Put an end to these horrible bullfights and the glorification of blood and gore!

  • carole692 says:

    Stop cruelty, because it is wrong.

  • RoryReloaded says:

    You know, you don’t have to get people to strip to nothing to advocate your campaigns…

  • Diane says:

    This “sport” is barbaric and should be banned. Thanks for bringing so much attention to it.

  • ELizabethD says:

    Thank you PETA

  • kathy says:

    I love your protests. Thanks for drawing attention to this.

  • Adriana Fariña says:

    Es una salvajada!!!

  • Eliana says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! It’s amazing how people stand up against these cruelties…if I were there I would have been one of them!!