Every summer in Pamplona, Spain adds another chapter to the long saga that is the annual Running of the Bulls. On Sunday, July 10, no fewer than 10 people felt the wrath of an angry, horned creature that weighs as much as 1,000 lbs., although none were gored – the injuries were limited to bruises, head wounds and dislocations. It was the fourth of eight runs that will be held this year, with the festival ending on July 14th.
…You Get the Horns
On Friday, a young Australian thrill-seeker was gored badly in his femoral artery after he had taunted one of the bulls; he faces a long recovery (he must not have heard that the Australian health-care system has refused pay for injuries sustained overseas). It has been two years since the last fatality at Pamplona, when a 27-year old Spaniard was gored to death through the neck, lungs and heart as horrified tourists watched.
A Domestic Issue
Still, thousands of people will crowd the streets for each run. This wanton disregard for one’s personal safety, at the risk of incurring medical expenses that would bankrupt the vast majority of folks, is not limited to Spanish festivals. In 2002, in Scottsdale, Arizona, a Western theme attraction called Rawhide staged its own Running of the Bulls. The hair stood up on the backs of personal-injury attorneys throughout the
Valley of the Sun
There were differences: Only a dozen bulls run each contest in Pamplona, while in Arizona there were many more bulls than that. Further, the bulls in Spain are of the fighting variety; the Arizona cattle were more along the lines of what you’d see in a bullriding contest – much larger, slower and not terribly aggressive, could possibly step on your foot. Whenever people decide to test the limits of their adrenal glands, they have no one to blame (or send the bills to) but themselves.