Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls Protested With Medieval Torture Devices

Posted on by Dan H

Ahead of the festival of San Fermín in Spain – which includes the Running of the Bulls and 60 bullfights – a group of “bloodied” PETA UK and AnimaNaturalis supporters gathered in the Plaza Consistorial.

Wearing bull horns and trapped in medieval torture devices, the protesters symbolised the suffering of the 60 bulls who will be stabbed and slaughtered in front of jeering crowds.

Why You Should Skip the Running of the Bulls

Every year, bulls are forced to scramble down Pamplona’s narrow streets as they run from a jeering mob. They often injure themselves as they slip on the cobbled ground or crash into walls while attempting to escape the crowd.

These bulls have typically had little interaction with humans previously, and suddenly being thrust among a horde is distressing and overwhelming.

Many people who attend this cruel spectacle don’t realise that the same bulls they run from down the streets are tortured to death in the bullring later the same day.

Disturbing Violence at Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival

During these events, assailants on horses drive lances into a bull’s back and neck before others plunge banderillas into his back, inflicting acute pain whenever he turns his head and impairing his range of motion. Eventually, when the bull becomes weak from blood loss, a matador appears and attempts to kill the animal by plunging a sword into his lungs or, if that fails, cutting his spinal cord with a knife. The bull may be paralysed but still conscious as his ears or tail are cut off and presented to the matador as a trophy and his body is dragged from the arena.

A matador prepares to deal the final blow to a bull during a bullfight.Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals Media

Read more about the horrific exploitation of bulls during Pamplona’s San Fermín festival:

Torture, Not Tradition

More than 125 Spanish towns and cities have rejected the torment and butchering of bulls for entertainment, but in Pamplona, this cruel spectacle continues.

Bullfights, like gladiator combat or public human executions, must be consigned to the history books.

PETA is encouraging the Spanish public to support the #NoEsMiCultura Popular Legislative Initiative, spearheaded by animal rights activists in Spain, which aims to repeal the law that designates bullfighting as “cultural heritage” and enable Spanish communities to prohibit this cruel blood sport.

You Can Help Bulls

Please sign our petition to the mayor of Pamplona urging him to end this barbaric slaughter now: