Help Ban the Running of the Bulls
Using the form below, write a letter to the Mayor of Pamplona, the Director of the Casa de Misericordia and other officials asking that the cruel events at the Festival of San Fermín – the Running of the Bulls and the bullfights that follow – be replaced with compassionate festivities.
Here are some points to include in your letter:
The magnificent animals who slip and slide on the streets of Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls are later violently killed – all in the name of "tradition". Torturing and killing a defenceless animal should not be celebrated as tradition. People have always tried to use tradition to justify horrible things, such as child labour and slavery. But tradition doesn't make something right.
Bullfighting is a cruel blood sport that should have been relegated to the history books a long time ago. No matter what its history is, bullfighting consists of the torture, mutilation and slaughter of animals for entertainment.
Bulls are bred in fields and are not accustomed to the noise of the crowd or being surrounded by people. They are kept in crowded, dark enclosures, and when they are prodded onto the streets with electric shocks, they are momentarily blinded by the sunlight. They are terrified and are hit by runners with rolled up newspapers. The corners of the bulls' route are quite sharp, and the animals often lose their footing and slide into walls, breaking bones and injuring themselves.
iAll the bulls who slip and slide on the streets of Pamplona are running towards a bloody and horrific death in the bullring.
Opposition to bullfighting is mounting both in Spain and elsewhere. In April 2004, the Barcelona City Council declared Barcelona an anti-bullfighting city in an effort to eventually ban this primitive blood sport. Since then, 38 other Catalan municipalities have followed suit and the Catalonian Parliament has debated a bill that would expand existing cruelty-to-animals laws to include bullfighting. According to a Gallup survey in October 2006, 72 per cent of Spaniards show no interest in bullfights, up from 54 per cent in the '80s.
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