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On Friday July 6, just a day before the start of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, a protest against the cruel runs was held in the capital of The Netherlands: Amsterdam. During eight days, every morning a bullrun with 6 bulls will take place in Pamplona. The bullruns are seen as innocent entertainment, bus this is far from true: the bulls run to the bullring, where they will be killed in a bullfight on the same day.
In the meantime, bullfighting is very controversial in Spain. More than 70% of Spaniards want the abolition of bullfighting. And according to the Ministry of Culture only 6,9% of Spaniards go to bullfights. Since 2007 the total number of bullfights that take place in Spain dropped with 57,5%. And the mayor of Pamplona recently said that he pictures the San Fermin festivities without bullfights. Unfortunately, the running of the bulls would continue.
With European agricultural subsidies, 60 bulls have been bred to be used in bullfights during the San Fermín feasts in Pamplona. It is estimated that the bullfighting sector annually receives 629 million euro from public funding. 130 million comes from European agricultural subsidies.
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, many tourists do not know that the bulls are to be killed. CAS asks tourists not to go to the bullruns of Pamplona and not to support and sustain bullfighting. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is the most famous cruel event with bulls in Spain. More than 17,800 feasts with bulls take place in Spain every year.
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