Thursday, July 16, 2009
The running of the bulls concluded last week in Pamplona, Spain. One person was killed and several were injured during this year’s event.
A viewer asks, “How did the running of the bulls begin? Why do they do it?” Good question.
The running of the bulls seems like the most bizarre and unnecessary risk of life and limb on Earth. It features large groups of people in a crowded street, hoping to outrun a herd of angry bulls. The activity is common in several different parts of the world, but most famous in Pamplona, Spain.
The purpose of the event is to transport the bulls to a bullring, where they will be killed.
The run consists of 840 meters, meandering four streets. Six bulls and nine steers are involved. The average speed of the herd is 15 miles per hour.
Pamplona’s running of the bulls is part of a large festival, though the history is not clear.
Hundreds are injured every year and since 1910, 15 people have been killed including this year’s fatality. Of those 15, all but two are from Spain. One American was killed in the 1995 running of the bulls.
Animal rights groups oppose the event, claiming the bulls are tortured and killed for entertainment only.
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