Would it make Hemmingway turn in is his grave?
22 March 2005, PAMPLONA-Amid allegations that the famous San Fermin bull-run has been tamed it has emerged anti-slipping product is to be placed on the ground to stop bulls and runners alike from falling.
22 March 2005
PAMPLONA-Amid allegations that the famous San Fermin bull-run has been tamed it has emerged anti-slipping product is to be placed on the ground to stop bulls and runners alike from falling.
Quite what the late Ernest Hemingway, who made the running of the bulls at San Fermin famous in his book The Sun Also Rises, would make of it will never be known.
But this year´s nine-day festival, which involves hundreds of people trying to outrun a herd of bulls through the narrow streets of the northern Spanish town and always attracts hundreds of foreigners, will be safer for both bulls and runners alike.
The Pamplona Council is to apply a chemical to the route to stop both from slipping in an effort to make the run safer.
The famous run, shown live on Spanish television every day of the festival, has already been hit by allegations that the bulls are drugged and their horns are shaved to reduce injuries.
But the local council and Spanish runners backed the move.
The mayor of Pamploina, Yolanda Barcina, said: “The most important thing is to try the product.
“Even though we have been looking for many years to try to stop the bulls from falling over without any real success, we hope this could be the best solution.”
Miguel Leza, who has run the bulls for 26 years, said: “It is going to be better for the bulls than the runners because we have more to hold on to.”
And Juan Pedro Lekuona, who has run the perilous route since 1989, said: “This is a good idea and will be much better than the paving which they used elsewhere because it is not abrasive.”
Meanwhile, the annual event could get some serious competition this year, in the
form of a rival run by naked humans protesting cruelty to animals.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group, which has protested against the event in the past, even announced that it was asking the town authorities to replace the traditional bull-chase with its running of the nudes.
The nine-day festival was hit by a similar protest last year, when animal rights protestors wore nothing but Viking helmets.
The running of the bulls is between 6-14 July in San Fermin, Navarre.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news