For Immediate Release:
6 July 2016
PHOTOS: NEARLY NAKED SYDNEY MAN DRENCHES HIMSELF IN ‘BLOOD’ TO PROTEST TORTURE OF BULLS IN PAMPLONA
21-Year-Old Joins Activists From Around the World to Demand an End to Cruel Running of the Bulls
Sydney – Wearing little more than “bull horns” and a sign reading, “Pamplona: Bloodbath for Bulls”, 21-year-old Mosman and Neutral Bay native Lenny Marignier joined 75 protesters outside Pamplona’s main square today. At the event – organised by PETA UK and Spanish group AnimaNaturalis – activists poured gallons of “blood” on themselves ahead of the Running of the Bulls festival, during which dozens of bulls are struck and terrorised as they slip and slide down narrow streets on their way to a violent death in Pamplona’s bullring.
“Torturing and killing animals can never be justified as entertainment,” says Lenny. “We’re calling on Spain to end its widely condemned Running of the Bulls event and the bullfights that follow – and, with them, the horrific suffering and abuse of bulls.”
PETA UK – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – has documented that in a typical bullfight, as many as eight men taunt, beat and stab a single 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 paralysed but still conscious as they are chained and dragged out of the arena.
Lenny Marignier is available for interviews. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.