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March 19, 2012

Humane Society International Denounces the “Pamplona y Más” Bull Fiesta Event Scheduled to Take Place in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities are urged to deny permission to conduct bull run

Humane Society International

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Humane Society International denounces the proposed bull fiesta event “Pamplona y Más” scheduled to take place next month in Costa Rica. This kind of copycat spectacle, intended to emulate the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, serves only to torment bulls.

The proposed festival “Pamplona y Más,” sponsored by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Costa Rica, centers around the release of several bulls to run through enclosed spaces. HSI urges the Costa Rican government to take a strong stance against allowing the import of such a cruel event. Costa Rica has already shown that it doesn’t welcome bloody spectacles by banning cockfighting and dogfighting.

“The tormenting of animals for amusement can never be acceptable,” said Cynthia Dent, director of HSI/Latin America. “We encourage the Costa Rican authorities to refuse authorization for this event, and we strongly urge the Spanish government and representatives to start listening to the call of compassionate activists from around the world and stop their efforts to perpetuate these events, both in Spain and abroad.”

The encierro or “bull run” of San Fermín is a yearly activity that takes place in July, during which hundreds of people run in front of bulls through a half mile stretch of narrow streets. This event not only causes great distress and fear to the bulls, but it usually results in hundreds of people being injured and sometimes even the death of some unlucky bystander.

While bullfighting and related bull fiestas are still held in countries such as Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, worldwide audiences have increasingly expressed their opposition to bullfighting and bull fiestas in general in recent years. HSI condemns both bullfighting and all other bull fiesta events, which cause unconscionable stress and panic to bulls.


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