Animal Rights Group Wants Pamplona Bull Run Banned. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Animal welfare group Four urged Spanish authorities Friday to ban the famous Pamplona bull run, which left 22 people injured and 42 bulls dead this week. "Four Paws is demanding an immediate break with this cruel tradition, in which many people get hurt and many bulls suffer a painful death every year. This kind of entertainment has nothing to do with culture and should be abolished." The run, which involves bulls rushed along Pamplona's streets, and then forced to fight in the arena during the San Fermin Festival, is a form of cruelty against animals that would be punishable with prison in other countries.
Before the beginning of the event, the 'picadores' on horses torment the bulls. They ram spears into their backs, slit their necks, and then panic them by giving electric shocks and beatings with sticks. Badly hurt, the animals are driven into the bullfighting arena, where they are tortured slowly to death by the torero, to great applause from the audience.
The 13,000 bulls killed each year at bullfighting events have given Spain "a bad reputation." However, the massive crowds of thrill-seekers flocking every year to the San Fermin runs and other bullfighting events are also a boon for the tourism industry, boosting revenues.
SHOULD THE PAMPLONA BULL RUNS BE BANNED BECAUSE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE DANGER TO HUMANS?
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