A man has bled to death after being gored at a running of the bulls festival in Spain. The 55-year-old man was repeatedly attacked on Saturday by a bull whose horn struck him in the left thigh.
Man gored to death by bull at festival in Spain
The 55-year-old man was repeatedly attacked on Saturday by a bull whose horn struck him in the left thigh, puncturing an artery. He also suffered a head injury.
Other festival-goers in the eastern Spanish town of Onda tried and failed to distract the animal before the victim was taken to hospital in nearby Villareal, where he died after losing too much blood.
It was the first death at a bull run in the country since such events resumed following the relaxation of covid-19 rules in the summer.
The Onda town council canceled all running of the bulls activities at the festival, which was due to end on Sunday.
A public debate has heated up in recent years over whether running of the bulls festivals should be banned, with only a small number taking place since coronavirus restrictions were lifted in Spain.
A 2020 poll by polling firm Electomania found that 46.7 percent of Spaniards favored banning bullfighting, while 34.7 percent were not in favor of the practice but did not support a legal ban, and 18.6 percent believed it should be preserved.
In a sign of waning support for the tradition, when earlier this month Spanish teenagers received a government grant of 400 euros to spend on cultural activities, they were banned from using it to attend bullfighting events.