I have just read an article about the death of a young man in Pamplona, at the Festival of San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls.
The Running of The Bulls is held in Pamplona, Spain commencing on the 7th day of the 7th month, starting at 8am and lasting a week. As a kid traveling around the world years ago, I went to the Running of The Bulls with a group of fellow travelers. I had a fantastic time, although my enjoyment was more about the people I was with, rather than the activities we were there to witness.
At 8am, 2 cows are released from their pens, followed by 2 bulls, then 2 cows and so it goes. The theory is “the boys are going to follow the girls”. Then you have men who run with the bulls and hopefully remain uninjured. The run, through the local streets of the old part of the town, ends in the bull fighting ring. Condensing down from a wide road into a single tunnel entering the ring is usually where injuries and deaths occur. The bulls and cows run through the ring and the runners stay in the ring. One by one the bulls are let into the ring to be taunted by the revelers.
The bulls selected for the run in the morning are the same bulls used in the bull fights that afternoon. Without offending any bullfighting fans, I found the National Spanish Sport horrid to watch. The bulls have no chance of survival, it is exceptionally cruel and violent and I believe it should be outlawed.
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