The Running of the Bulls – Tradition or Cruelty? – Week 6

The Running of the Bulls is a tradition on which bulls are released on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets to run behind thousands of people. The most popular running of the bulls happens in Sanfermines, Spain, in honour of San Fermín in Pamplona. The event takes 7 days and officially begins at midday on 7th July every year. If you wish to know more about The Running of the Bulls, please follow the link Pamplona Bull Run (San Fermin).

The story linked to the blog article A Brief History of the Running of the Bulls begins summarizing The Running of the Bulls’ history; when it happens, where and how it happens.

The author describes the event as a religious and popular one, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. He includes the event’s history, making it more informative and engaging.

After informing what the event is and the history behind it, the author proceeds explaining the fatal consequences of the festival. He states that since 1934, 14 people have been killed. Many people are injured each year, especially Americans. The author states that according to Daniel Ross, an American vice consul in Spain, Americans have a different image of the event as they perceive it as a fun thing and do not understand how dangerous it actually is.

He adds that another cause of accidents is due to the high amount of alcohol consumed. Those who will participate on the run are prohibited to consume alcohol prior to the event, however violations are common. Many participants party during long nights, participating in it while tipsy.

The author finalises the article sharing what happened when a 10 years old boy illegally participate on the run. His father, who was responsible for the boy at that time, lost his visitation rights and was fined $200.

I found the article very engaging as it firstly summarizes The Running of the Bulls, giving readers an idea of what the festival is about. The method used to illustrate the cons of the festival is very catching as the author use good examples of past accidents related to it.

The website contains an eye-catching image at the beginning of the page, making it very appealing. There are extra links, which guides readers to related pages, most popular articles and extra pictures.

I particularly enjoyed the article and in oppinion this type of event should be banned as it puts participants at risk and also it is a cruelty against animal rights.


3 responses to “The Running of the Bulls – Tradition or Cruelty? – Week 6”

  1. Rosa WONG says :

    I would said Running of the Bulls is a Cruel Tradition. totally agree with you that it is cruelty against animal rights and it is also very danger for human (the bullfighter and also the audiences). As for the article, i enjoy reading the article becasue it is well written and it is quite engaging. I think if it will be even better if it can embed more more pictures and multimedia (e.g. videos) within the article.

  2. Wang Weihang says :

    Every year from July 7th-14th thousands pack into Pamplona to start Spain’s most famous bull-running fiesta to honour Navarre capital’s patron saint, San Fermin. Spain stages more than 3,000 fiestas (festivals) each year but the 7 days of bull-running are the favourite in terms of spectacle and excitement.I do agree with you that this is very cruel to animals as they are regarded as a tool for fun.I think it is smart that this article has chosen some images in red colour.

  3. Adam Wise says :

    Raging bulls + Alcohol = A recipe for disaster.

    To be honest I’m surprised only 14 people have died over the years, I would have thought this number would be much higher.

    I also notice the red theme on the article, which is very relevant to the story – but I think this is merely coincidence.

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