Loughborough Woman Among Protesters Staging ‘Crime Scene’ Ahead of Running of the Bulls

For Immediate Release:

5 July 2019


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Scene Lambastes Pamplona’s Yearly Torment, Killing of Bulls

Loughborough – Today, armed with signs proclaiming, “Bulls Killed in Pamplona” and “Stop Bullfighting,” Natalie Sunderland from Loughborough joined dozens of supporters of PETA and Spanish animal-protection group AnimaNaturalis as they staged a “crime scene” cordoned off with yellow tape at the Plaza Consistorial in Pamplona, Spain. The activists – who had travelled from around the world – lay nearly naked inside outlines of bulls to remind onlookers that bulls are made of flesh, blood, and bones  and feel fear and pain, just as we do.

The protest comes ahead of the city’s notorious Running of the Bulls spectacle, in which terrified bulls are chased down the streets to the bullring, where they’re tortured to death.

Photos of Sunderland are also available here and here. More photos from the action are available here, here, and here. (Photos: Esa Ennelin.)

“It’s 2019, and no living being should be slowly stabbed to death for the sick satisfaction of a rowdy mob,” says Sunderland. “Along with the rest of the world, I’m absolutely disgusted that Pamplona continues to smear its own name with this out-of-touch, blood-soaked display straight out of the Dark Ages.”

More than 125 Spanish towns and cities have declared themselves anti-bullfighting. But in Pamplona, terrified bulls are forced to run along narrow streets on their way to a violent death in the bullring, often slipping and sliding along the way. Once there, men taunt, exhaust, and stab each bull with a lance and several harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss. Then, the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and if the bull doesn’t die straight away, other weapons are used to cut his spinal cord. Many bulls are paralysed but still conscious as their ears or tail are cut off to be given to the matador as trophies.

Sunderland is available for interviews.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.