Body Count Is in for the Running of the Bulls

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At least 41 people suffered injuries during Pamplona’s San Fermin festival this year. One runner from Pamplona remains in the hospital after he was gored so deeply that his diaphragm ruptured. An Australian teenager fractured three vertebrae, and an Australian man was gored in the leg, piercing his femoral artery, after he taunted a bull.

While no people were killed in this year’s runs, the bulls didn’t fare as well. After being poked, prodded, and taunted by boozed-up revelers, the bulls ran panic-stricken through the streets to the bullring, where they were all killed in bullfights. Their flesh was later served up in Pamplona’s restaurants.

Activists line up before the PETA / AnimaNaturalis demonstration

Activists line up before the PETA / AnimaNaturalis demonstration

Instead of tormenting and killing bulls, we far prefer the idea cooked up by roller derby groups, in which roller girls wearing horned hats chase participants through the streets with Nerf weaponry. Thrill-seekers can experience a festive, exhilarating chase that doesn’t end at the hospital or the bullring.


  • D.Davies commented on July 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    these pratts, deserve all they get.shame more of them were not injured. When will the rest of Europe wake up and demand,that Spain stops this barbaric,outdated” festival”.

  • Fiona Matheson commented on November 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I haven’t visited Spain for years – I would love to but every time I think about going I have sickening images of bull fights and chases and taunting and killing for ?fun and – – and truely – enormous and extraordinary cowardice.
    Shameful nasty little bullies that taunt and hurt and kill – for …. what? Really – for what??
    That’s how I think of Spain. And France and Mexico.

    I have no stomach for this. I can choose to stay away and go somewhere else for culture / holiday.

    It is easy for me to stay away. But it is not a good or simple thing for me.

  • Wowzers commented on February 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You be the judge as to why these poor poor things even bother!

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