“Bloody” protest over Pamplona bull-running festival
Furious protestors, including Brits, stripped semi-naked and drenched themselves in fake blood to protest against one of the most famous bull-running festivals.
Seventy five men and women took off all their clothes, with the exception of their black pants, and “chased” 12 other campaigners who wore tiaras with horns to represent the bulls.
All of them painted their bodies bright red with 135 litres of fake theatrical blood which they poured over themselves.
“The visual was designed to mimic the drunken revellers – many of whom are American, Australian or British tourists – who douse themselves with sangria at the Running of the Bulls, oblivious to the fact that every single one of the terrified animals they chase through the cobbled streets will be dead a few days later after being stabbed to death in a bullfight,” said a spokesman.
The grisly protest took place in the “Plaza de Toros” (“Plaza of the Bulls”) in the centre of Pamplona which attracted thousands of people for the annual fiesta.
The groups Anima-Naturalis and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants to stop the bull running which they say is barbaric and causes untold suffering to the animals.
Protestors came from numerous Spanish cities but also from Austria, the United States , Sweden, Germany and England in what was described as “the most graphic” demonstration to date.
“The San Fermines festival can exist perfectly without bullfights; we are not against the party but of cruelty, torture and death of innocent animals,” said Aida Gascon, director of AnimaNaturalis in Spain.
The group says that despite the rejection of many Spaniards of bull-fighting, the bull running was still being used as a tourist attraction.