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9 hurt in 1st day of Spain's running of the bulls

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9 hurt in 1st day of Spain's running of the bulls By JORGE SAINZ, Associated Press Writer

PAMPLONA, Spain - Daredevils kicked off the running of the bulls Monday with a long, messy and particularly dangerous dash through the streets of Pamplona, with nine people suffering bumps and bruises but none gored, officials said.

The half-mile sprint through cobblestone streets turned chaotic because the pack of six half-ton beasts became separated early in the route after plowing into a crowd of people, some of them spectators.

Some of the bulls fell and two ended up running on their own. One of those became disoriented, trying several times to turn around and go back toward the starting point. But herders waving sticks eventually guided it to the bull ring where the course ends.

Inside the ring one black bull fell down and stayed there for nearly a minute, as jubilant runners scampered about.

The Spanish Red Cross said nine people were injured, with head or rib injuries from falling or getting trampled. It said five were Spanish and the rest were from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. No names were given.

The whole run took just over four minutes, which is a bit slow by the standards of Pamplona's Fiesta de San Fermin, as the festival is known.

It was the first of eight scheduled runs. The most crowded ones will be next weekend, when the throngs of thrill-seekers will swell dramatically as people pour into Pamplona from out of town for two days of revelry and Adrenalin.

The fact that this year's festival began on a Monday meant a lighter turnout.

"There were a few tense moments, but I think everything went quite well. There were fewer people than at other times," said 29-year-old runner Aritz Lopez, from Bilbao.

Many of Monday's participants wore traditional white trousers and shirts and red kerchiefs around their necks. They carried rolled-up newspapers � a tool for gauging how far away a charging bull is.

Before the sprint, local runners paid tribute to a beloved Pamplona native, Inaki Ochoa de Olza, a veteran mountain climber who died in the Himalayas in May. He also was a regular runner at San Fermin.

The running of the bulls became world famous with the publication of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and also is known for its all-night street parties.

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Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 7, 2008, 12:33 pm
I know this won't be a popular response, but "good." The running of the bulls is just another act of animal cruelty. If someone is stupid enough to join the "thrill" then he/she can't complain when injured.

People who so-called "fight" bulls after doping them up and beating them until they're practically dead along with those who force these normally docile creatures to participate in a stupid tradition should find other ways of getting their kicks.
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emilygComment by emilyg - July 7, 2008, 1:34 pm
Idiots. Good.
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truecriticComment by truecritic - July 7, 2008, 8:06 pm
If it is a tradition, stupid or otherwise, it is none of our business over here. The people that died took the risk, it was up to them to make that decision.   Some people might think it is stupid to drive a car. We know it can be fatal but we take the risk.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 8, 2008, 11:00 am
(1) I would agree with you, TC, that we have no right to stick our nose in other people's business, but that seems to be a habit of our country anyway. Anyway, that wasn't what this blog was about. I was just expressing my opinion. My comment said nothing about starting a war with Spain. (2) Beating women and honor killing are traditions too and so is genocide and child slavery. Lots of traditions aren't acceptable to me or anyone who believes in treating other living creatures with dignity. (3) By the way, just in case you don't know this, in Spain & Mexico there are lots of people who feel the same way I do. Terrified bulls are forced to run through the streets and are later cruelly stabbed. Celebrating the torture of defenseless animals is barbaric. They are forced into the street with electric prods & then hit by the runners. Don't ask me why people find this exciting. (I guess the same way you defended canned hunting in a thread.) If it's so cool, why have over 70% of people in Spain voted to outlaw it and it was banned in Barcelona 4 years ago?

In the UK the cruel sport of fox hunting was banned, also a tradition for centuries. BTW slavery was part of the American culture for years too. So were public executions. Just because something has been acceptable practice for years doesn't make it right. I thought humans were supposed to be evolving. Regarding a car, comparing an animal that suffers with a hunk of steel lets me know that your compassion for living things is a little callous, indifferent at best.
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truecriticComment by truecritic - July 8, 2008, 1:31 pm
@Just
IF you read what I said, I said nothing about the animals. I only talked about the people being crazy/stupid enough to participate.

Incidently, I said "died" - I meant people that got hurt.

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