The “Running of the Balls” is a new festival in Mataelpino, Spain, that everyone can get behind.
No, that’s not a typo – the town has swapped the archaic Running of the Bulls festival, in which terrified animals would have been hounded through the streets, for an innovative event, in which revellers are instead pursued by giant polystyrene balls!
This Spanish news clip shows the fun that ensues:
We love it when people find creative and compassionate ways to replace cruel traditions, so we’re encouraging other towns that still practice bullfighting … Read more.
Powerful new photos taken by activists from the Spanish group Tras los Muros tell the distressing story of what happens to bulls at the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain, each July. The drunken revellers who chase animals through the city’s streets in the morning may not understand how the festival ends for those same animals.
These photographs bring the full horror to light.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Before the fight, horses are blindfolded to prevent them from running from the bullring in terror. They’re often injured during the course of … Read more.
If many of the tourists who turn up in Pamplona, Spain, for the Running of the Bulls each year understood what the festival is really about – the torture and death of frightened animals – they’d probably run the other way.
To open festivalgoers’ eyes, 100 activists from all over the world took part in a powerful protest today in Pamplona’s main square, organised by PETA and the Spanish group AnimaNaturalis.
With faces painted to look like the Grim Reaper, “blood” on their hands and signs reading, “You Run. Bulls … Read more.
Efforts to end cruel bullfighting are ramping up, as people from all corners of the globe recognise that stabbing a frightened animal to death is not “entertainment”.
We recently represented the UK at the 2014 International Anti-Bullfighting Summit in Lisbon, which brought together groups from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K., among others, to come up with new strategies for ending the barbarity of the bullfights.
Hot on the heels of the excellent news that India has just banned bullfights, bull races and the violent tradition of … Read more.
Nothing screams HOLIDAY like a big dish of freshly made paella. Here’s our delicious vegan take on this iconic dish.
Sizzling Spanish Paella
Adapted from BBC Food
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3–4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tin braised tofu (optional)
1 aubergine, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
2 tsp ground turmeric
400 g long grain rice
2 cubes vegetable stock
800 ml hot water
4 small ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 large bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry
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Pamela Anderson has just appealed to the Spanish Senate urging it to reject a bill to protect bullfighting and grant it cultural heritage status. The disgraceful proposal is currently under consideration by the Senate and has been opposed by hundreds of thousands of compassionate people both in Spain and internationally.
“Tormenting bulls for entertainment belongs to the Dark Ages, not the 21st century”, writes the former Baywatch star, who visited Spain last month. “Please take a compassionate stance against this cruel pastime by rejecting the bill to protect bullfighting. I guarantee that … Read more.
Progress! Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries have agreed to implement a formal policy against promoting bullfighting and the Running of the Bulls after receiving letters from PETA.
As we pointed out to the companies, following the bull run – during which many bulls and spectators have been injured – the animals are tormented and killed in cruel and archaic bullfights. This year, several people were seriously hurt in Pamplona and a 16-year-old boy was gored to death during a bull run in northern Spain.
Despite the blood and barbarism during the festival … Read more.
Tens of thousands of you have taken action. Tens of thousands of you have said a resounding “No” to bullfighting and sent messages to the Spanish embassy demanding that the cruel sport not be granted legal protection.
Now we’ve made sure that your voices will be heard by delivering your messages to the Spanish authorities in person. Teaming up with the Humane Society International, the League Against Cruel Sports and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, last week we gathered outside the Spanish embassy in London with a crowd of … Read more.
Bulls die bloody deaths in Pamplona every year. It’s bad enough that at the Spanish city’s annual San Fermín festival, terrified animals stumble and fall as they are hounded through the streets by unthinking tourists. But what many people don’t realise is that these bulls are being herded straight towards the bullring – and an agonising death.
In bullfights, bulls are stabbed repeatedly in the back and neck by groups of men on horseback. Sometimes the lances pierce the animals’ lungs, which will then fill up with blood. The matador then … Read more.
Yesterday, the Dutch Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution against European Union subsidies which prop up the Spanish bullfighting industry. This excellent move will send a strong and timely signal to the Spanish Parliament, which is currently considering a ludicrous legislative proposal to promote and support bullfighting as a national past-time.
A report issued earlier this year estimated that Spanish bullfighting receives €130 million annually from EU tax payers via subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy. That means that people all over Europe, who would never willingly have anything to do with this … Read more.