Some tourists seem to be clueless of the fact that the bulls they flock to see during the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, will be dead in a matter of hours by being fatally stabbed in a bullfight. And on July 5, 2018, more than 100 activists marched to the beat of drums toward the Plaza Consistorial in that town, holding signs proclaiming, “Stop the Bloody Bullfights.”Supporters of PETA affiliates and those of Spanish animal-protection group AnimaNaturalis—half of whom were “runners” and half “bulls”—shot blood-red flares into the sky to call for an end to the yearly torment and killing of bulls at the San Fermín festival’s hideously cruel Running of the Bulls event.
The tide is turning against this blood sport, and the protesters represent the vast majority of people around the world who are opposed to abusing and slaughtering bulls for entertainment. Today, more than 100 Spanish towns and cities have banned bullfighting and over 80 percent of Spanish people are demanding a ban on it—but this industry is kept on its last leg in large part because of tourist money.In Pamplona, people still torment bulls with electric prods and sharp sticks, causing them to panic and slip and slide along the narrow streets on their way to a violent death in the bullring. Once there, as many as eight men taunt, beat, and jab each bull with daggers and harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss. Then, the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and an executioner cuts his spinal cord. Many bulls are paralyzed but still conscious when they’re then chained and dragged out of the arena.
PETA, peta2, and other animal-protection groups have long protested against Pamplona’s annual bloodbath. And you can help.
Pedro Sánchez has just been sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister, giving him the opportunity to make a massive difference for animals by banning bullfights and bull runs. Please sign our petition calling on him to support a national ban.