For Immediate Release:
July 5, 2023
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Nyack, N.Y. – Today in Pamplona, Spain, ahead of the Running of the Bulls at the San Fermín festival, Rockland County native Dawn Carr, 54, joined dozens of animal advocates from PETA U.K. and animal protection group AnimaNaturalis adorned with little more than “horns” and red floor-length veils in the heart of the city to push for it to end its gory bullfights. Carrying signs that read, “Pamplona: Violence and Death for Bulls,” the activists commemorated the animals who are chased down the streets to their death in the bullring each year and called for an end to the annual bloodshed. Photos from the action are available here.
“Many people who run with the bulls don’t realize that the same terrified animals who are goaded down Pamplona’s streets are later stabbed to death in the bullring,” says Carr. “I stand with compassionate people from around the world in calling on tourists to stay away from this violent bloodbath and on Spanish authorities to take action to end all bullfighting spectacles—because torturing and killing animals is cruelty, not entertainment.”
More than 125 Spanish towns and cities have rejected the torment and butchering of bulls for entertainment, but during the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, these sensitive animals are still subjected to confusion and terror and put at risk of injury from crashing into barriers and walls, falling and breaking their legs, or colliding with one another. Once in the bullring, tormentors taunt and stab each bull with a lance and several harpoon-like banderillas before the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword. PETA has previously offered Pamplona’s mayor €298,000 to cancel the Running of the Bulls—an offer that still stands.
Carr is available for interviews. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.