Bull Run

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Every July in this Spanish town on the Mediterranean coast near Valencia the locals set up a makeshift bull ring on the quay of the port. Twice each evening, for four days, they bring several bulls in trucks and let them loose one by one into the ring, to be taunted by the people who choose to enter.

Occasionally the bulls get the upper hand. But only if they're not exhausted after being cattle prodded before they get entered in the ring, or having fallen in the sea after chasing the guys.

Very traditional... and it's good when the bull wins, otherwise it all seems a bit 'unnecessary.'

The last bull fight in Catalonia was last September.

Images July 2011 Rich Bowen