One gored, 5 hurt in fifth bull run in Pamplona

A reveller is taken on a stretcher after being injured during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona northern Spain Thursday July 11 2019. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eigh

Runners complain Spain's running of the bulls has become lackluster over protective measures

A 27-YEAR old man from Valencia was gored in the arm on the fifth day of the famous San Fermin bull-running festival in Pamplona.

Before the festival, there was also a protest from animal rights activists who say few of the million or so people who come to Pamplona know the bulls die after the daily runs. They consider that this year's bull runs have lacked the usual thrills because the bulls have largely stayed behind the large steers which guide them through the narrow, twisting streets to Pamplona's bullring, where the bulls will be killed in bullfights later in the day.

The Red Cross said 67 people were treated after the latest run in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, most for minor cuts and bruises but seven requiring hospital.

Reggie Gooden, a 60-year-old native of NY, said that the bull runs have become increasingly faster over the 30 years he has attended the fiesta. Three years ago they finished the run in the very quick time of two minutes and 13 seconds. "They block off the bulls via an arrow formation and keep the bulls away from the runners. we're losing all the essence of the bull run".

Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 12, 2019.

Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said that the six were in need of hospital care after being injured during the race along the 930-yard (850-meter) cobbled-street course to the bullring.

On Thursday, bulls bred at the Victoriano del Rio ranch in Guadalix, outside Madrid, were used in the run, which lasted just over two minutes. Mostly wearing white with a red sash, they test their courage by running alongside and in front of six fighting bulls that are let loose through the city streets early in the morning.

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