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.