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Beanna Seacht cancel plan to run in Pamplona bull run
12 July 2013

ICABS welcomes the decision by the Beanna Seacht fundraising group to cancel a plan to run in the Pamplona bull run in Spain, as a fundraiser for seven Irish children’s charities.

We had appealed to Beanna Seacht to organise an alternative fundraiser, pointing out that the bullrun is terrifying for the bulls who are surrounded by mobs of people running through the winding, cobbled streets, to their final destination – the bullring – where they are horrifically tortured to death, for entertainment.

UPDATE: The Irish Independent of 15 July 2013 reported that the Beanna Seacht team "took part in the notorious week-long bull running festival – before the group decided to end their involvement in this type of fundraising". See article below.

Stretched charity to keep cash raised at Pamplona event
Irish Independent, 15 July 2013

A leading charity will accept money raised from the controversial Pamplona bull run in Spain – because it is desperate for cash.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) insists it will keep money raised from the event, despite criticism by animal rights activists.

The charity has defended its decision to accept the money which has already been raised by Beanna Seacht – a team of seven Irish adventurers who took part in the notorious week-long bull running festival – before the group decided to end their involvement in this type of fundraising.

"We receive zero funding from the Government for Childline. We desperately need every single cent we receive," said fundraising manager, Mary Gamble. "We won't be refunding it, we absolutely need everything we get."

by Mark O'Regan

A noticed posted on the Beanna Seacht Facebook page on 2nd July. ICABS has been told that the plan to run in the bullrun was cancelled.

Barretstown will not accept funds from Pamplona bullrun
18 July 2013

Barretstown children's charity has said that they will not accept money raised in a Pamplona bullrun fundraiser.

In an email to an ICABS supporter, a spokesperson for the charity said that although their logo appears on a Beanna Seacht fundraiser graphic, they "were not involved in the planning of this particular event" and "will not accept funds raised in relation to it".

The charity was told of the suffering caused to bulls during the run and the subsequent torture and killing of the animals in a local bullring. Also highlighted were the human injuries and deaths caused by the bullrun.

Barretstown's fundraising guidelines state: "Be safe - Make sure that your own safety and that of anyone else involved is considered, avoid high risk activities."

If you wish to make a donation to Barretstown, visit

Irish fundraising group urged not to take part in bullrun
05 July 2013

Irish fundraising group, Beanna Seacht, has been urged by ICABS not to take part in the Pamplona bullrun this weekend. The group has been told of the suffering caused to the bulls and the fact that they are later brutally injured and killed in the local bullring.

"While your fundraising efforts for Irish children's charities are laudable, it is disappointing that you have chosen to participate in an event which is based on cruelty to animals," we stated in an email. "The bulls that entertain the mob in Pamplona are subjected to appalling abuse - they're hit and prodded (sometimes with electric shock prods) and are scared into stampeding with sticks. Along the route, they may slip on the cobbles and suffer bruises and broken bones. Later, as the revellers sip their sangria, these same magnificent creatures are being brought to their bloody knees after 20 minutes of torture in the local bullring."

We quoted Irish humanitarian journalist Don Mullan who vividly conveyed the horror of bullfighting in an Irish Times report. Describing matadors as 'cowardly butchers' he told of how he witnessed an injured bull convulsing, a bull bleeding from its mouth and nose with "its tormented cries clearly audible" and a bull with its front covered in "liquid crimson".

ICABS finds it ironic that the Beanna Seacht project, which seeks to help alleviate suffering, is associating with (and encouraging others to take part in) an event which is highly dangerous to humans.

Those running in the bullrun are at risk of of being carried away - dead or paralysed with serious lifelong injuries. There have been at least 13 fatalities during the bullrun over the years and numerous injuries. A BBC News correspondent described one such incident as follows: 'The fighting bull which gored [the victim] weighed half a tonne. It hit him in the abdomen, severed a main artery, sliced through his kidney and punctured his liver, before tossing him seven metres in the air...he died in hospital of massive blood loss.'


If you choose to holiday in a bullfighting country (Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela), please do not visit bullfighting arenas or museums. Avoid purchasing any bullfight-related souvenirs. Join the international campaign against bullfighting. Please register your opposition to this horrific blood sport with the governments and political representatives of bullfighting countries as well as to the local Ambassadors.

Contact the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland to register your opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned throughout all of Spain.

The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Embassy of Spain
17A Merlyn Park, Dublin 4.

Tel 1: +353 (0)1 2691640
Tel 2: +353 (0)1 2692597
Fax: +353 (0)1 269 1854

Photos: Pamplona bullrun

Bull sticking horn into body of falling man
A man is gored by a bull during the Pamplona bullrunning festival. (Photo: AP)

Black bull on ground behind barrier with tongue limply hanging out
Another victim of the Pamplona bullrun. The bulls are beaten and prodded to make them run and are later killed brutally in the local bullring. (Photo: BBC)

A bull is killed at the Pamplona bullring - the fate of all bulls used in the Pamplona bullrun. Photo: Reuters

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