Six people were injured during the first day of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Every year dozens of runners get hurt during the 2 and a half minute run. Occasionally someone even gets killed. Yesterday a 73 year old man was running with the bulls and got gored. The rest of the injuries were much less serious. The bulls run every morning for a week.
I was lucky enough to visit Pamplona during the San Fermin festival a few years ago, and while I didn’t run with the bulls, I was an enthusiastic spectator. The whole town was dressed in white with red neckerchiefs in honor of San Fermin, the patron saint of the city.
There were large drinking clubs that paraded around the town during the day holding large hand made banners identifying themselves. I didn’t make a scientific count, but it seems like the U.K. was over represented in the clubs. I suspect it was members of these clubs who stayed out all night drinking and ran with the bulls early the next morning.
The running ended in the city bull ring where some of the runners taunted the bulls and showed their bravery by touching the bulls’ horns or grabbing their tails. After a while the bulls were put into pens around the ring. Later in the day the lucky bulls were let into the bull ring one at a time where they are slaughtered by bull fighters.
I applaud Spain for allowing this dangerous celebration to continue. It must be the only country in the world where such a celebration might be allowed. Every other country has become far to sissified and politically correct. In America our government protects us from Coca-Cola and Twinkies. Spaniards must be laughing themselves silly at out silliness. We have police forces devoted to looking for evidence of pets being under-fed.
Spain can’t manage its own finances, but it certainly can throw a party.