Mid-last month in the city of Pamplona, Spain, two Australians boys partook in a notoriously dangerous bull run, and were gored and hospitalised for their efforts. As Fairfax reported, the event was one of eight bull runs that were held in the San Fermin Festival, with the Festival known as much for its all night partying as its day time runs. While only fifteen people have died at events such as these in Spain since records have been kept, this year’s festival alone saw 42 people being hospitalised with many more treated for minor injuries. To us the event would violate acceptable public safety and animal welfare standards in many western countries, however these events are a good example of the difference in risk acceptability from one country to the next. With the bulls being chased in packs down narrow streets to their death by crowds cheering men, the event has a growing level of opposition internationally.
Running with panicked bulls is obviously risky, but the volatile nature of working with animals was demonstrated last year in the US with a reportedly non-aggressive bull put down in Dakota after trampling nine people who were chasing it at a local Fair.
So pick your thrills wisely folks and weigh up the risks and rewards.