60 dead bulls after festivities in Pamplona

Thursday, July 14th 2016

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The San Fermin festivities in the Spanish city of Pamplona end this year with 60 dead bulls that were killed during cruel bullfights. For 8 days, runs with bulls (6 daily) were held in Pamplona. The bulls were killed in the evening. In total, 48 bulls started their last day with a lot of stress, running through a screaming mass of people. 48 bulls that were waiting for their death. And they were not the only animals that suffered during these festivities.

During the festivities in Pamplona bullfights are held daily. Already before the running of the bulls start, two bullfights take place: the first with six novillos, young bulls between 2 and 3 years old. On the second day a rejoneo takes place, a bullfight with adult bulls that are being fought from horse back. The horses get injured regularly during this type of bullfights. Just before the start of the running of the bulls, 12 bulls had already died.

The 60 bulls that die in Pamplona are not the only animals used. Imagine the horses at the bullfights, they are exposed to a lot of stress. Think of the oxes that run with the bulls every morning. And after every run, the public can enjoy themselves with young cows in the arena, which is very stressful for the cows. 

Every year thousands of tourists from Spain, but also from other countries like the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, etc, travel to Pamplona to join the runs. Unfortunately a lot of tourists do not know that the bulls will be killed. So CAS is circulating a video, together with WAP, PETA, HSI and other members of the International Network Against Bullfighting. This new video, by the Spanish Platform La Tortura no es Cultura, and sponsored by Animal Guardians, calls tourists not to participate in the bullruns and to be aware of the fact that they contribute to animal suffering. You can watch the video here. The video was shared throughout the media in Europe, North America and Asia to end this bloody spectacle.

“Ending the torture of animals in Spain is not only an issue of Spaniards. Every year, more than 150 million euro of subsidies from the European Union flow into the bullfighting sector. This, together with the curiosity of tourists from all over the world, makes it possible that this cruel spectacle continues”, says Marius Kolff, director of CAS International.

16,000 feasts with animals
The cruel festivities in Pamplona have ended now, and we will continue with our work to prevent that they take place again next year. Pamplona is the best known festivity with bulls in Spain, and it gets a lot of coverage in the media. Every day we can read messages of people that got wounded during the runs. Or about the sexual violence that took place in Pamplona. But very little has been written about the fate of the bulls. Pamplona is just the tip of the iceberg. Pamplona is just one of the 16,000 festivities in Spain in which animals are maltreated and/or killed for the entertainment of people. There is so much work to do, for this reason CAS goes on to put an end to all this animal suffering. Please keep an eye on our website for more news and protest against these festivities with animals in Spain and other countries.

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