Skip to comments.American Paralyzed At Spanish Bull Festival
Posted on 07/10/2006 12:26:06 PM PDT by Westlander
A North Carolina man's condition deteriorated Monday after being injured last week in an event connected to an annual festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Ray Ducharme's condition worsened since Sunday while he was in intensive care and he was receiving help breathing, Pamplona spokeswoman Begona Lopez told The Associated Press Monday. Ducharme was being treated for a collapsed lung and required a tracheotomy, according to a Web site maintained by his supporters.
The latest update on the Web site www.pray4ray.com said Monday that Ducharme would be unconscious for three days while fluid was drained from his lungs. "This is a critical time in Ray's recovery," the site said.
The 31-year-old bond trader for Bank of America was left partially paralyzed in a side event Friday on the first day of the San Fermin festival. The festival dates back to the 16th century, but Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel, "The Sun Also Rises," made it an international event. Thousands of runners traditional white shirts and pants with red handkerchiefs dash in front of bulls that are raced through Pamplona's streets to the bull ring.
Ducharme was hurt during a side event to the bull run. He was among hundreds of people who taunted five cows in a bull ring, chasing the cows and pulling their ears and tails.
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You may either 1) Kill them swiftly and humanely in order to eat them -or- 2)Leave them alone
Deviating from these rules can cause serious injury or death......
French Bullfighting though is another matter...I heard 99.9999% of the time the chicken wins.
What they should do is create "liberal fighting"...Throw a liberal in a ring and have a picture of Bush on a cape, and when the liberal charges, you kick him in the `effin ass! OLE!!!
Your succinct guideline for interacting with large animals sounds about right.
~ Blue Jays ~
Guy's an idiot...
ROFL at the French "bullfighter".
No "se Habla Espanol"?
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A rare honor not lightly given! :)
Is that Superman?
Who pays for these beeves?
But not much for the tortured animals.
I realized after I wrote that, that it may have sounded like I was in favor of bullfighting, which I am most certainly not. However, the milder garbage that this dolt engaged in, namely pulling on the ears and tails of cows, would seem to do no real damage to the cows, while rather effectively putting the dolt out of commission, and most likely out of the gene pool. The passing annoyance to the cows seems like an acceptable cost, for the much greater benefit.
A rare honor not lightly given! :)
Thank you! I appreciate the honor!
Cows can be just as dangerous as bulls, make no mistake about that. The bulls will be a little bigger but the cows can have horns and will attack. We have cows that you cannot turn your back on and bulls who just want you to scratch their heads.
Datwin nominee...good for the bull. Ridiculous sport that should be outlawed.
I thought it was just bulls at the running of the BULLS. The additional cow pen is bizarre. Note to self. Don't pull a stressed cow's ear.
I thought the cows in the pen was a little strange too. I guess it is for people who don't want to run but want close contact with the animals. This guy got more contact than he wanted.
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