Today (6th July) was the first day of the infamous bull-running festival at Pamplona in Spain. A news item was posted today on ibtimes.co.uk titled ‘Naked protest by Animal Rights campaigners at Pamplona bull run [SLIDESHOW]‘.
‘… Annual running of the bulls in Spain attracts thousands of tourists from around world but critics say it is cruel -
Animal rights protesters paraded naked in the run-up to the annual running of the bulls in the Spanish town of Pamplona.
Painted head to toe in black and red, the protesters stepped out on to the streets of Pamplona at the start of the seven-day San Fermin festival, lay on the ground in a town square and arranged their bodies to spell the words “stop bullfighting”.
The event, which attracts hundreds of brave or stupid people to run ahead of the bulls as they charge through the town’s narrow streets, has its roots in the 14th century.
It has boomed into an international tourist event, with people coming from all over the world to test their courage by running as close as they can to the rampaging livestock.
The event has been condemned by animal rights campaigners and groups such as Peta for the treatment of the animals, which are enraged and scared by the crowds jeering them on. The bull run serves to transport the bulls to the ring, where they will be killed in a bullfight.
A Peta spokesman said: “Torturing and killing a defenceless animal should not be celebrated as a 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.” …’
Read the item in full, view slideshow of images and add your comment online at www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/360306/20120706/naked-protest-pamplona-bull-run-spain-blood.htm