It should come as no surprise to anyone that more than a dozen people were injured in this year’s running of the bulls “festival” in Peru’s Huancavelica region. How an event can be considered “festive” when animals and humans alike are seriously injured or killed remains a mystery.
Despite the injuries, other cruel bullfights and bull runs continued throughout the weeklong festival.
These events are bloody and violent spectacles.
Worldwide opposition to bull runs and bullfights is growing because of how cruel they are. In Spain’s infamous bull runs, for example, terrified bulls who are chased by screaming participants down the narrow streets—tripping, crashing into walls, and breaking bones—are tortured and killed in the town’s bullring shortly thereafter.
Their deaths are typically slow and painful. After bulls endure the overwhelming stress of being chased and abused, matadors try to kill them by plunging swords into their necks, backs, and bodies. If they don’t succeed, the executioner is called to stab the bull to death. Can you imagine experiencing that kind of agony and fear, all while crowds of people watch and cheer?
Even the executioner’s attempts to kill the bull can fail. Sometimes the bulls are paralyzed—but still alive—as their bloodied and broken bodies are dragged from the ring by their horns.
Their tails and ears are then cut off to be given to the matador as trophies. Thousands of bulls go through this misery every single year, and there’s no excuse for their suffering.
How You Can Help
Never attend a bull run or bullfight, and avoid other events in which animals are exploited or killed. Don’t condone it if you hear of others attending one, and explain to them why it’s cruel and unnecessary.
The Good News?
Public sentiment against bullfighting has prompted bans in numerous regions of the world. In 2010, Catalonia’s parliament banned bullfighting, and in 2013, the Mexican state of Sonora did the same—just to name a couple of governments that have taken a stand against this cruel spectacle. Continue to spread the word so that one day, these horrible events will be banned worldwide!