Many organisations have come together to show they are against the reported violence, alleged sexual assault and supposed cruelty to animals that happened in the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain this month.
The groups have sent a letter to the Mayor of Pamplona- Joseba Asirón- calling for an end to the event.
54 bulls were apparently hit as they struggled down the narrow streets of the city towards the bullring- where their lives came to an end.
In their letter, the groups draw attention to the numerous studies indicating a direct link between cruelty to animals and violence against humans. They also note that the "recklessness and cruelty inherent in bullfighting and bull runs can encourage a dangerous and lawless atmosphere in which the safety and lives of humans and animals are put at risk for the sake of depraved so-called 'entertainment'".
"How many victims of San Fermín will it take for Pamplona to join the more than 100 progressive Spanish cities and towns that have banned cruel events that abuse bulls?" asks PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. "There is an established link between violence to humans and cruelty to animals, which is why women's and children's groups are joining PETA's call for Mayor Asirón to protect all living beings by immediately halting this violent and reckless spectacle."
Generally- in a bullfight up to eight men beat and stab a bull with daggers and harpoon-like sticks called 'banderillas' until he is weakened by the blood loss.
The matador then puts a sword between the animal's shoulder blades and an executioner severs his spinal cord. Many bulls are still conscious when they are pulled out of the arena, paralysed from their injuries.
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