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June 17, 2016

New video PSA highlights cruelty of 'Running of the Bulls'

Humane Society International/Europe, CAS International, PETA, World Animal Protection, International Anti-bullfighting Network, Animal Guardians

  • JL Gutierrez

A new video highlighting the carnage involved in the ‘Running of the Bulls’ spectacle taking place in July in Pamplona, Spain is being used to warn tourists about the cruelty behind this spectacle. The sobering video shows how the same bulls who slip and slide down Pamplona's cobbled streets will be stabbed to death in the town's bullring later that day. Tourists who take part in the run are contributing to the carnage. The video was created by Platform Torture Is Not Culture, sponsored by Animal Guardians and supported by Europe’s largest animal protection groups including Humane Society International, PETA, CAS International and European offices of World Animal Protection as well as by the International Anti-bullfighting Network, which unites 110 animal protection organisations around the world. The video is available here.

Joanna Swabe, executive cirector of Humane Society International/Europe, said: “With bulls running towards a cruel fate in the bullrings, San Fermin’s Running of the Bulls is yet another barbaric example of animals being abused for public entertainment. Humane Society International strongly urges tourists to never attend bull runs and bullfights and calls on Spanish politicians to end the cruel bull fiestas.”

“Putting an end to animal torture in Spain is not only a matter for Spaniards. The EU subsidises bullfighting with more than 150 million euros per year, and this, along with the curiosity of tourists from all around the world, allows this cruel spectacle to continue,” states Marta Esteban, president of Platform Torture is Not Culture (LTNEC). “Only 19 per cent of Spaniards actively support bullfighting, so it is really is a dying industry.”

Cruelty To Bulls is Not Tourism.

As shown in the video, each bull used in a fight is repeatedly speared and stabbed before the matador attempts to sever the exhausted animal's spine with a dagger. Sometimes, the bull drowns in his own blood before the dagger comes into play. Other times, he's still alive as his broken, bleeding body is dragged out of the arena and left to await slaughter.

Bullfighting has been on the decline for years, with attendance decreasing and bullrings closing across countries that permit bullfights. The industry survives only because of huge subsidies and tourists who unwittingly fuel the abusive events. A recent poll showed that 76 per cent of Spanish people have no interest in bullfights.

Media contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, +1 301-721-6440

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