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The annual Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain is a centuries-old tradition, most famous for its running of the bulls. Over 8 days, the small, northern city plays host to thousands of people from around the world, most of whom have traveled to risk their lives and participate in what has often becomes a fatal run. While no one died this year in Pamplona, 10 people were gored, including four Americans, and across Spain at similar, smaller festivals, 3 people were killed.

Protesters at the festival say the bulls are the real victims. Over the course of 8 days this year, over 45 bulls were killed.

“It’s a blood house, it’s a killing house,” said Jose Sagarra with PETA in Spain. Animal rights activists have called for an ending to all bull fighting, but so far, it looks like tradition is trumping the protests.

Fusion’s Dan Lieberman was in Pamplona to witness it all for himself.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 file photo, people watch as El Tajo y La Reina fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, file)AP

People watch as El Tajo y La Reina fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file photo, participant runs in front one ''Jose Escolar Gil'' fighting bull alongside Mercaderes street, during the fifth running of the bulls, at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, file)AP

Participant runs in front one ''Jose Escolar Gil'' fighting bull alongside Mercaderes street, during the fifth running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.

The running of the bulls remains a strong tradition in Spain despite protests

The annual Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain is a centuries-old tradition, most famous for its running of the bulls. Over 8 days, the small, northern city plays host to thousands of people from around the world, most of whom have traveled to risk their lives and participate in what has often becomes a fatal run. While no one died this year in Pamplona, 10 people were gored, including four Americans, and across Spain at similar, smaller festivals, 3 people were killed.

Protesters at the festival say the bulls are the real victims. Over the course of 8 days this year, over 45 bulls were killed.

“It’s a blood house, it’s a killing house,” said Jose Sagarra with PETA in Spain. Animal rights activists have called for an ending to all bull fighting, but so far, it looks like tradition is trumping the protests.

Fusion’s Dan Lieberman was in Pamplona to witness it all for himself.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 file photo, people watch as El Tajo y La Reina fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, file)AP

People watch as El Tajo y La Reina fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file photo, participant runs in front one ''Jose Escolar Gil'' fighting bull alongside Mercaderes street, during the fifth running of the bulls, at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, file)AP

Participant runs in front one ''Jose Escolar Gil'' fighting bull alongside Mercaderes street, during the fifth running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.

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