In Pamplona, Spain, protesters are demanding an end to bullfighting.
Nearly 100 shirtless activists from animal rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and AnimaNaturalis marched through the city Wednesday, dusted with a red powder and wearing horns on their heads, hoping to bring about an end to bullfighting and bull runs.
The protest comes ahead of the annual San Fermin festival, which brings in thousands of participants from around the world. The participants run just over half a mile, chased by bulls through the streets of the city. The dangerous festival activity has seen at least 12 people, including four Americans, gored since record-keeping began in 1924. Fifteen deaths in total have been recorded, according to The Independent.
Human contact with bulls can be dangerous, even for professionals. Recently, bull rider Bradie Gray was critically injured at the College National Finals in Wyoming when a bull stepped on his chest. He’s currently recovering, but Spanish matador Ivan Fandino died after he was gored by a bull in France in June of this year, the second Spanish bullfighter to die within a 12-month time period.
The protest by PETA contends that while humans interacting with bulls is risky, it’s deadly for the animals. They snapped banderilla props filled with the red powdered paint above their heads, sending a red cloud of mist into the air, meant to symbolize blood. They stood bearing signs or body paint that read in English and Spanish: “Bulls Die a Bloody Death in Pamplona” and “Stop Bull Fights.”
PETA tweeted: “Tomorrow, these bulls will be chased through the streets of Pamplona before being slaughtered in the bullring” and “The bloodbath must END!”
Tomorrow, these bulls will be chased through the streets of Pamplona before being slaughtered in the bullring. pic.twitter.com/A3B4APDE5v
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) July 5, 2017
— PETA (@peta) July 5, 2017
The first bull run this year will be on Friday. You can see a video of the protest below (WARNING: nudity):
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