Activists protest running of the bulls and bullfighting in Spain

News: Activists descend in Spain protesting running of the bulls
Anti-bullfighting protesters in Pamplona before the San Fermin festivities., credit: Elsa A Bravo / SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters

In an international demonstration against bull running and bullfighting, activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) joined in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday, a few days before the running of the bulls during the San Fermin festivities started. Protestors carried placards and wore bull horns.

Thousands of tourists come every year from around the world to the San Fermin festival to watch runners high on adrenalin run an 875 meter (0,54 miles) course chased by bulls to the bull ring where the run ends; the bulls are then used for bullfighting events where they are killed. This practice, deeply rooted in the festival’s tradition, has drawn strong global criticism and protests for its animal abuse.

On the third day of the event, Sunday, three people were taken to hospital with injuries, one gored in the arm, emergency services said. All animals used during the event were killed.

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