Photos: Pamplona’s Streets Run Red With ‘Blood’ in San Fermín Protest

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This morning, more than 100 people, mostly from Spain but some from all corners of the world, took off their clothes, covered themselves with red bodypaint and lay down in the street, outside the entrance to the bullring in the Spanish city of Pamplona.

This was the result:

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The striking protest, a joint effort by PETA and the Spanish group AnimaNaturalis, was a vivid representation of the bloodshed that occurs every year as part of the San Fermín festival in Pamplona.

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PETA has headed to Pamplona for more than a decade to demonstrate against this barbaric spectacle. Our hard-hitting protests raise international awareness of what happens to animals at San Fermín and persuade compassionate people to shun the bull runs.

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Prior to the Running of the Bulls, electric prods and sharp sticks are often used to torment the bulls, who may also be debilitated by tranquilisers. The animals slip and slide along the narrow streets, pursued by hundreds of people, before they end up in the bullring. Once there, as many as eight men are set against one terrified bull to taunt, beat and jab him with daggers for approximately 15 minutes – until the matador ultimately stabs the exhausted animal with a sword. Many bulls drown in their own blood when the matadors’ aim is inaccurate and their swords pierce the animals’ lungs instead of their hearts.

But change could be in the air. The majority of Spanish people have no interest in bullfighting, and more than 100 Spanish towns have banned it altogether. Now, Pamplona’s new mayor is proposing a public consultation on the future of this shameful, archaic event in his city. Sign the petition supporting this progressive move.


  • Andrea Simeon commented on July 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    They poor bulls this is disgusting and should be stopped

  • Marie fitzgerald commented on July 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This is horrific & heartbreaking & has 2b stopped . How anyone gets enjoyment from this horror is beyond me

  • Pamela commented on July 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    It amazes me that some human beings think this behaviour is acceptable. NO LIVING CREATURE ON GODS EARTH SHOULD BE TREATED THIS WAY. Eventually these people will meet thy maker and explain why they thought it was ok to torment and murder one of gods creatures for fun. KARMA!!!

  • Hayley Diamond commented on July 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Sick and in human individuals.. Religious or not this barbaric sport should be banned!

  • Debra Anania commented on July 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Shameful blood sport useless….God’s beautiful creature’s have a heart and a soul and can feel! again for the money and greed may God bless these poor innocent animals!!! cowardly menyou’ll get yours in the end!

  • Ron Tear commented on July 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    As often stated it’s about time this sort of celebration it should be stopped !! Terrifying Bulls should not happen in this day and age and on the streets !!!! This old custom SHOULD BE LAID TO REST ! Humanity has moved on ? Outrage at this spectacle !! should adopt a more innocent spectacle with humans running in Bulls costume !!!

  • gama leong commented on July 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Stop cruelty

  • cornelia springer commented on July 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    shit tradition

  • jeanne caudron commented on July 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    STOOOOOOOOP corrida!!!!!!

  • Genomiel Gines commented on July 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Demand to stop your wickedness to these Bulls. Ruthless way of killing of bulls.

  • karen commented on July 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Why this barbaric cruelty is still taking place is way beyond me. Stop this cruelty.

  • Fay commented on July 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    this act is beyond barbaric and need to stop

  • jan commented on August 2, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Animal cruelty sanctified by tradition is STILL animal cruelty.

  • jan commented on August 2, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Animal cruelty sanctified by tradition is STILL animal cruelty

  • Hanne Jensen commented on August 31, 2015 at 11:54 am


  • saligny commented on September 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    It’s just disgusting. How is possible to continue like that just for the human pleasure. You have to continue the fight.
    Thank PETA and all members.
    Stop Corrida !!!!!!!!

  • Radhakrishnan commented on September 15, 2015 at 2:35 am

    The Spaniards were very cruel people in olden times. So were many of the Europeans and British. Whereas the others moved on the Spanish people stick to this horrendous cruelty of slow killing a magnificent animal and achieving sadistic pleasure. Why? Barca, Real, Ahletico all play beautiful football. So stop the cruelty and play some real game. Mano-a-mano. Not killing a helpless animal.

  • Graefyl commented on March 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Bull – your description is of the original bull run that took place for 700 years in England (they invented bull runs) – right and justly banned in the 1800’s.. The cruelty was by the idiot English, not the Spaniards. Get your facts right. If you don’t like someone else’s culture, stay home and play with your silly iPhone.

  • Billo commented on April 24, 2016 at 4:27 am

    This is the maximum symbol of honoring bulls , why are you trying to destroy culture?

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