This Monday began the famous San Fermín festival in Spain, more commonly known as the running of the bulls. The Spanish tradition says that the celebration originated in the northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. Men would try to speed the process of transporting cattle in order to sell them at the cattle market by hurrying their cattle by slightly provoking them and running in from of them.
Like every year, this Saturday animal activists lay on the ground outside the entrance to the Pamplona bullring, painted red and sporting bull horns. The protesters were mainly from the animal welfare organizations People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and AnimaNaturalis holding signs in numerous languages saying: “Pamplona’s streets are stained with bulls' blood." They are requesting the festival authorities to put the tradition to an end as it harms and ultimately results in killing of the bulls.
The first day of the celebration starts with launching a rocket from the city hall balcony with thousands of people celebrating the 'Chupinazo' launch in the city hall square and other locations in Pamplona.
The 'running of the bulls' is a daily event starting at 8 a.m. everyday between 7 and 14 July and it involves hundreds of people running in front of six bulls down a 0.51 mile stretch of narrow streets in a section of Pamplona.
Protesters dressed in the festival's traditional uniform of white clothing and red Pañuelico scarf, covered themselves in fake blood and held signs that read in many different languages: "You Run. Bulls Die."
The protesters painted their faces like the Grim Reaper in order to remind the thousands of tourists that the bullfight which may seem like harmless fun to them actually results in the bulls being "repeatedly speared and stabbed before the matador attempts to sever the exhausted animal's spine with a dagger."
Kirsty Henderson, Peta campaign coordinator told a newspaper, "The tide is really turning on bullfighting. It's not a tradition that Spanish people want to protect any more. Bullrings are closing."
Peta, has been organising a protest each year, and claims that a recent poll showed that 76 per cent of the Spanish people are not at all interested in bullfights.
The Running of the Nudes is a protest supported by animal welfare groups, including PETA, who object to the Running of the Bulls, claiming that the event is cruel.
The Running of the Nudes occurs 2 days before the bullrunning in which naked people wear only plastic horns and red scarves and follow the same route taken during Running of the Bulls.
We hope that the protest receives a positive response ASAP and the bulls are saved from the torturous event.