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Bull run is vile ritual not sport

THE injuring of four people during the annual Pamplona bull run is another reminder of how cruel and irresponsible this barbaric ritual is. Apart from the risk to humans, the bulls don't deserve this vile mistreatment. They are goaded by "sportspeople" who prod them or administer electric shocks prior to the run.

The animals are teased and aggravated to the point of frenzy and the presence of so many people, standing, gesticulating or running along the narrow cobbled streets, adds to their distress.

The bull is also weakened by beating it with great force over the kidneys and rubbing Vaseline into its eyes to impair vision.

That there are people who organise and participate in such barbarism is a disgrace to humanity.

JOHN FITZGERALD

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

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