Bullfighting has to be one of the cruelest and most unnecessary forms of animal cruelty in today’s society. Animals are tortured and publicly killed, all in the name of entertainment. At the Pamplona Festival in Spain, bulls are first chased through the streets, before being killed in front of crowds.
However, this year’s event has been upstaged by some amazing vegan activists. Once the bull was stabbed and was bleeding to death, the activists entered the arena and attempted to comfort it in its final moments.
The pair were members of Vegan Strike Group, holding up signs stating ‘bullfighting is torture’ before one was caught by officials, and the other comforted the animal.
The activist then told PETA:
“The bull was terrified and in excruciating pain – we couldn’t leave him to die alone. We represent the majority of people around the world who are calling for an end to this cruel event.”
Earlier this week, other demonstrations were also taking place. Hundreds of PETA activists filled a Pamplona square covered in fake blood, naked, and with anti-bullfighting slogans written across their bodies.
Luckily, this cruel sport is becoming less and less popular within Spain. 81% of Spaniards no longer support the sport, rising up to 93% among 16-24 year olds. More than 100 towns and cities have also banned the event, replacing the animals with giant balls to chase down the street instead.
However, it does remain an important tradition, drawing huge crowds every year.
This demonstration by vegans at the Pamplona Festival shows supporters that events such as this are no longer acceptable. Bullfighting is dated and old fashioned, and should not be tolerated any longer.