Running of the Bulls - Encierro_calle_real_2005 (Image by 2pac (Own work) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Pamplona encierro (bull run) is the most well known of the Spanish bull runs. More than 200 people a year are injured in the run (mostly from falls) and there have been many incidences of goring over the years, with a fatality in 2009.
What do you think? Are these people brave or stupid? Is this animal cruelty or a valid sport?
I think this is a really bad idea both for the people and the animals. Even if we stanf by the argument that these adults are responsible for themselves and it's their business if they get hurt then spare a thought for the animals who have no choice. How stressed they must be.
It's no more stupid or dangerous than climbing a mountain. I don't know enough about it to understand the impact on the bulls, but there are other sports that involve animals that are dangerous for them, such as horse racing. While we may not particularly agree with this sport it would then mean that we'd have to oppose things like horse racing, hound racing, mountain climbing, parachuting, or anything else that is dangerous or involves animals.
Yes, it's good to be consistent. I do have issue with horse racing as well (also dog racing). There has been some pretty appalling stuff about greyhound racing in the news in Australia just recently. To quote from the article below
"Putting together animals, gambling and prize purses is a toxic mix. It's capable of turning men into monsters."
There is a huge difference in climbing a mountain, than running of the bulls I see.
If you climb a mountain it is not involving any animal but just the sheer will, to get to the top of a huge rock.
If you look at the dreadful injuries people get from running of the bulls, you can't put the two in the same basket.
I think it is disgusting. There is never any excuse for animal cruelty. It's not a sport and it is not bravery, it's just stupidity and idiotic. People should be ashamed of participating, whether by running or by watching.