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A Bull Run Where No One Gets Hurt

Written by PETA | July 15, 2011

At least 41 people suffered injuries during Pamplona’s San Fermin festival this year. One runner from Pamplona remains in the hospital after he was gored so deeply that his diaphragm ruptured. An Australian teenager fractured three vertebrae, and an Australian man was gored in the leg, piercing his femoral artery, after he taunted a bull. Then there was the man who thought it was a good idea to run naked at a bull while waving a red handkerchief. Not surprisingly, he wound up on the wrong end of a horn.

While no people were killed in this year’s runs, the bulls didn’t fare as well. After being run through the streets to the bullring, they were all killed in bullfights.  
 

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Instead of killing bulls, we much prefer the version of the run cooked up by roller derby groups, in which roller girls wearing horned hats and wielding Nerf weaponry chase participants through the streets in a running of bullies. Thrill-seekers can experience a festive, exhilarating chase that doesn’t end at the hospital or the bullring.
 

Roller girls in New Orleans show that the notion that abusing bulls is fun is, well, bull.

 
Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Deborah says:

    Stupid is as stupid does!

  • Neon-charcoal says:

    This is one of the times when we decide that it is a shame to be a human being. What have these animals done to deserve such harm? Nothing. And yet we-meaning the certain people who enjoy these sports-still take pride and pleasure from watching these dignified animals endure indescribable torture and taunting. And then are subjected to torment for defending themselves. Really. It’s the 21st century. At least we have some animal advocates to state their rights…but still, not enough.

  • Evelyn Rosa says:

    It’s a real shame that in such a beautiful country still exists such a hideous and cruel traditon as bullfighting. It’s pathetic that people in the 21st century still find animal cruelty enjoyable. Wake up people the blood running down the bulls back is just as red as ours. LEAVE THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS ALONE!!!!

  • Carla says:

    I think what these bull fighters & runners (not evil but uneducated)need to realise is that all animals and humans have nerve endings… Meaning any injury an animal/human feels, HURTS!! Just imagine what your very own child/wife/mother/father etc would feel. Why would any person put another living creature through such agony. Please use your compassion. Luv C

  • debbie says:

    THIS HAS NEVER BEEN NOR WILL IT EVER BE A TRUE SPORT. IT IS UNFAIR AND INHUMANE.

  • sandra lenart says:

    Stop this barberic event there is no reason to kill the bulls at the end

  • Alex says:

    In Tucson, Arizona there is 2 days in February where they celebrate the rodeo. It’s a big holiday where schools even have off. At first I never realized really what goes on at a rodeo, now it disgusts me.

  • sigal says:

    How can it be that it´s a pleasure to see how an animal is suffering and teased to death and consider that a “sport”?!?! This should be stopped!!

  • Moran says:

    Is this ever going to stop? this has been going on for years… :(

  • Denise Morgan says:

    I cannot believe that so called ” civilized human beings continue to like and promote bullfighting. It is savage and cruel, no animal should be subjected to this kind of treatment, only for the sake of “enjoyment” and “entertainment”. Bullfighters are brave, they say, maybe so but being brave only to harm and inflict pain is more like being cruel to me. There is really no excuse to continue with this so called “sport”. We must take conscience of our environment and the important role animals play in our lives. What a pity, human beings have NOT grown in this sense, they are still ignorant and selfish.

  • cayena says:

    When one sees bull fights on TV, it´s more than a shame to be a human being. How can it be that it´s a pleasure to see how an animal is suffering and teased to death by several people and consider that a “sport”. At least play fair! But this is not something where the humans are good at, I guess. We don´t live in the medieval no more. If you need t…

  • Trudie says:

    This torturous cruelty must be stopped NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are beautiful animals!!

  • Christine says:

    Traditon is made to be broken! It’s time for Spain to find a new traditon! How about “Running of the Drunk, Moronic Humans?!?!?!?!” The morons could stumble/run into the arena and throw knives and spears at each other–they wouldn’t be missed! Bless those poor bulls…

  • Sheila rawden says:

    Bull fighting is barbaric,and should be stopped..NOW

  • Rocio Jansen says:

    I´m half spanish and half German and I´m ashamed for being spanish….I hate being addressed to as spanish, because many people identify spanish with bullfighting. I hate it and I feel impotent about it. All my family on my spanish side did not like bullfighting. I want to believe that it will have an end. But I also think, that Europe has to vote NOT wanting any SUBVENTIONS anymore. Spain gets indirect SUBVENTIONS for bullfighting in form of agriculture. Please help to stop this cruel pervert form of festivities.

  • Ramune says:

    Very sick people and poor animals.

  • shame? says:

    Shame on Spain? Don’t visit Spain? Why is it the entire country and the people living in it against this tradition to blame??? Please, let’s choose our words and our message properly. Let’s blame the people that visit these celebration over and over again (Americans, English, German, etc., and of course, people from the local region). Thank you all

  • Karen says:

    I always root for the bull….When a matadore gets it…I give a standing ovation…

  • Adriana Fariña Seoane says:

    Es una tortura animal que no tiene justificación alguna en pleno siglo XXI.Hay que abolirlo ya!!!Demuestra no ser civilizados.

  • april says:

    I will never visit span i willl make sure everyone i know doesnt go until this stops….

  • Alison says:

    All these ‘bloodsport’ traditions in all the different Countries around the World, should re-assess their traditions. The World is changing, we all need to change with it. There is enough abuse and cruelty going on around the world. We need to teach our children to respect ALL life, cos one day all that will be left and humans and insects…!!!

  • Magz says:

    And I forgot to say one more thing, I think the injuries or kills of those ignorant people in the street runs with bulls is fair, you get what you are begging for, as it is sometimes in bullfights, Ive seen a bull jumping in among the audience and causing big problems there… so think what you are doing, so called a wise human.

  • Magz says:

    Well to me the bullfight or letting bulls run free in the streets for humans entertainment isnt fun at all, I wish they would stop this kind of stupidness immediately and just let people play as bulls in the streets or bullfights, they might get a picture what kind of torturing it can be to bulls, I think the whole bullfight show and business is bull%$## so end it now. I never go to see those shows but if there were only humans playing this I might.

  • Outi says:

    Christine: Sadly bull fighting is illegal only in Catalonia, which is an autonomous part of Spain.

  • Mooney says:

    This world is so barbaric at times.How can people purport to call this entertainment? How come it doesn’t hurt them to see creatures in pain?

  • Anne says:

    Shame on those who participate and support this horrific event!!!

  • Taylor Gilligan says:

    The bull run is a cruel, sick and very unnecessary practice. Please end it.

  • Marianne Barrett says:

    Vote with your tourism dollars / euros. Don’t visit Spain, write to the Spanish ambassador in your country and call for this barbaric practice, a so called ‘tradition’ to be banned forever! Some traditions are good, this one is BAD!

  • rani chandi says:

    This is disgraceful and shocking. How dare you treat bulls like you do? Spain must be ashamed of themselves. Disgusting!!

  • filisia ramdath says:

    Pls ppl we live in different times now, we really need to stop actin like fools and start caring for all like.

  • eva says:

    HI FROM NORTH SPAIN!!.TAKE IT EASY!! I´M SPANISH AND I HATE BULLFIGHTING TOO!!,IT MAKES ME FEEL REAL SICK, SAD,IT´S OUTRAGEOUS!!, I CAN´T STAND SUCH KIND OF MODERN ROMAN CIRCUS!!AND CAN´T STAND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, ANIMALS ARE BETTER THAN HUMAN BEING!!, AND THERE ARE LOTS LIKE ME IN WHOLE SPAIN!! I DO LOVE, CARE RESPECT AND PROTECT EVEN A LITTLE SPIDER!!, EVERY CREATURE HAS ITS PLACE AND WORK TO DO IN THIS PLANET!!, SO DON´T THINK HERE WE´RE ALL THE SAME!!.

  • kat says:

    It is amazing how people are entertained by the brutal killing of animals. They should try putting a human in the place of the bull and see if they would still enjoy the entertainment.

  • kathline says:

    STOP THE KILLING OF THESE BULLS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO END BUT IT IS AN OUTRAGE TO THINK THIS IS GOING ON IS UNREAL!!! THERE NEEDS TO BE ACTION TAKEN AGAINST THOSE THAT ARE ALLOWING SUCH INSANE CRUELTY AND EVIL!!!!!!STOP THE MURDER OF THESE DEFENSELESS BULLS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PETA PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE TORTURE OF THESE BULLS!!!!WE ALL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING! !!!!! IT’S GOT TO STOP!!!

  • Reginald says:

    Tradition should not dictate the actions of homo sapiens. Compassion should.

  • L.H. says:

    the people have a choice to enter, they take the responsibility of their injuries, the animals have no choice. Shame on Spain.

  • gyandeep says:

    action must be seriously taken!!

  • Ana Coke says:

    Violence against animals or against any living creature can never be considered a tradition! STOP THE VIOLENCE!

  • rogerio costa says:

    Stop the violence against bulls!!!

  • margaret says:

    this is a sick and cruel sport!! Please stop this horrible tradition!

  • susan says:

    its painful to find that people still derive pleasure from the agony of the majestic bulls! to kill something for fun without giving it a sporting chance is so the characteristic of us -Humans! if we are that sadist i dont get as to why on earth arent the gladiators still not in the ring … at least fun could have been there ,with all blood & pain but the poor animals spared!

  • Kazza21 says:

    Humans choose their own fate, they bulls cannot! save the bulls from injustice but allow the run, i’m sure the bulls love tearing them up?!!

  • Tine Krogh says:

    Chasing or fighting animals is NOT entertaining, it’s heartless!

  • jmkg says:

    this is so sad and barbaric

  • greatbigbubby says:

    it sounds callus but i think the injuries to the bull runners are revenge for the poor bull’s torture and killings. the spaniards deserve worse for the cruelty they inflict. shame on them. their matadors and bull breeders are lowly cowards. i will never visit spain, even though my ancestors are from spain.

  • love says:

    dont go entertainment with live animals

  • Christine says:

    I thought bull fighting was now illegal in Spain. WTF?!?!

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