Spanish Government and Spanish Tourism have blood on their hands

8 Sep


Letter to the Editor in Monday’s Irish Daily Mail…

Blood on their hands
Irish Daily Mail, 7th September 2015

How many more people have to die before Spanish Tourism ends its shameful promotion of bullrunning?

“If you come, in some places you can take part in bullrunning,” it states on its website. “At these events, crowds of people run with the bulls through the streets to the bullring.”

There is no warning that you risk being impaled by a tormented bull and sent home in a body bag.

This invitation to join a bullrun has remained in place all summer, despite a mounting death toll.

Among those who have lost their lives so far this year are a 66-year-old gored in the chest, a man who died when hit by an infuriated bull with fireworks tied to his horns and another who suffered massive blood loss from a 12-inch stomach wound.

And let’s not forget the plight of the bulls.

They are hit with sticks and electric shock prods, have their tails pulled and when they slip and fall, they sustain painful bruises and broken bones.

Their final destination is the local bullring where the agony of torture awaits.

By allowing bullrunning to continue and encouraging tourists to participate, the Spanish Government and its tourism body have blood on their hands.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Kiernan
Irish Council Against Blood Sports
Mullingar, Co Westmeath




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Spanish Tourism – Stop promoting cruel bullfighting and bullrunning

Contact the Spanish Tourism Office and make it clear that, as one of the majority opposed to animal cruelty, you find it very offensive that they are actively promoting bullfighting and bullrunning. If their promotion of animal cruelty would make you chose an alternative holiday destination, please point this out in your correspondence.

Gonzalo Ceballos, Director
Spanish Tourism Office in Ireland
1-3 Westmoreland Street, Dublin
Tel: 01-6350200

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