Group of men CRUSHED in Spanish bull-running festival
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The event occurred in Onda, eastern Spain with witnesses claiming the man, 55, was attacked by a bull. The man suffered a wound to his left leg and head and bled to death from his injuries after the incident on Saturday, emergency services said.
Other eyewitnesses say participants at the festival had attempted to entice the bull away but to no avail.
The man’s death is the first such fatality in Spain since bull-running events resumed following the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in the country.
It also comes following several incidents of serious injuries at bull-running festivals in the country.
In 2019, one man was gored and five others were injured in the famous Pamplona bull run, while 28 people were injured at the same event in 2018.
In 2015, a French tourist died after being gored during a festival in the town of Pedreguer, Alicante.
A debate over whether the festivals should be banned has grown in Spain in recent years and they have already been banned in 100 Spanish towns.
A 2020 survey by polling company Electomania found that 46.7 percent of Spaniards were in favour of banning bullfighting.
Meanwhile, 34.7 percent were not in favour of the events but did not back a legal ban, and 18.6 percent believed it should be preserved.
The region of Catalonia has already banned the activity after officials were presented with the signatures of 180,000 residents demanding an end to the activity.
Figures show that from 2008 to 2013, attendance in Spanish arenas fell by 40 percent.
Meanwhile, in 2008, about 3,300 bullfights were held in the country.
In 2012, that figure dropped to fewer than 2,000, and in 2013, it was estimated that fewer than 500 bullfights were held.
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Animal rights group PETA has been vocal in abolishing the events with the group saying in a statement: “Each year, thousands of bulls are barbarically slaughtered in bullrings around the world.
“Over the centuries, bullfighters have found countless ways to rig the “fight” in their favour.
“Bulls have been weakened with drugs or by having sandbags dropped on their backs.
“Their horns have been shaved to keep them off-balance, or petroleum jelly has been rubbed into their eyes to impair their vision.”
They added: “During the daily runs, spectators and runners hit them with sticks and rolled-up newspapers.
“The panicked animals can lose their footing on the slippery cobblestone streets and crash into walls, risking breaking bones or otherwise injuring themselves.”
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