Chrissie Hynde Calls on Pamplona to Replace Cruel Running of the Bulls With "Human Race"
Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde has fired off a letter to Pamplona Mayor Yolanda Barcina Angulo, urging her to put an end to the barbaric annual "Running of the Bulls" and replace it with a kinder, more festive humans-only run-the "Human Race."
"I was shocked to learn from my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that the bulls who are stampeded through the streets of Pamplona during the day are then tormented and slaughtered in the ring at night," writes Hynde. "This is medieval—not an activity that belongs in the 21st century." Hynde asks Mayor Angulo to follow the lead of Barcelona, Calonge, La Vajol, and other locales in Spain that have banned bullfighting.
Before the bulls are released to run through the streets, electric prods and sharp sticks are typically used to torment and frighten the animals into a stampede. As the bulls run to escape, they sustain bruises, cuts, and broken bones and are shot with darts by spectators.
For the fourth consecutive year, PETA members will lead hundreds of activists from around the world-many wearing nothing but plastic "bull horns" and nonleather running shoes—in a media-mobbed "Running of the Nudes" this July, along the same route where the bulls are stampeded, as a means of promoting a humans-only run.
Click here to view Chrissie's letter to Pamplona Mayor Yolanda Barcina Angulo.