Wall Street Bull ‘Enhanced’ in Bullfighting Protest

PETA Urges Tourists to Pamplona to Shun the Run in Which Terrified Bulls Are Chased Only to Be Stabbed to Death in Bullring

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

New YorkWhat:    Right now, PETA supporters dressed in blood red are at Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” statue, holding signs reading, “Bulls Die a Bloody Death in Pamplona” and “Running of the Bulls Ends in Death,” to protest Americans’ participation in Spain’s cruel Running of the Bulls, in which dozens of terrorized bulls are stampeded, slipping and sliding down narrow streets, only to die by being stabbed to death in the bullring. To drive home their message, the protesters will lay a “bloody” cape beside the bull statue, put “tears” under his eyes, and stick banderillas to his body.

When:    Wednesday, July 12, 12 noon

Where:    Intersection of Broadway and Morris Street, New York

“Each bull terrorized in the streets of Pamplona experiences an excruciatingly painful death in the bullring after being chased by drunken people,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges American tourists not to support this horrific violence, which the vast majority of Spaniards now condemn.”

Bullfighting has been outlawed in 100 Spanish cities and is kept alive by the tourist industry. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that in a typical bullfight, as many as eight men taunt, beat, and stab a single bull with daggers and harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss and can’t lift his head because of the severed muscles in his neck. The matador then stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and an executioner cuts his spinal cord. Many bulls are paralyzed but still conscious as they’re chained and dragged out of the arena.

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