Man dies after being gored at bull-running festival in Spain

A man bled to death from his injuries after he was gored at a bull-running festival in eastern Spain, authorities said.

It was the first related fatality in the country since such events resumed after Covid-19 curbs were relaxed during the summer.

The 55-year-old, who has not been named, was repeatedly attacked by the bull at the festival in Onda, the town’s council said on Saturday. Other participants tried to entice the animal away but their efforts failed.

The man died later that day in hospital in the nearby town of Villarreal after a wound in his left thigh perforated his artery, emergency services said. He also suffered a head wound.

Onda council cancelled all bull-running planned at the town’s festival, which will end on Sunday. Other activities were not affected.

A public debate over whether bull-running festivals should be abolished has become more heated in recent years, and only a small number have taken place since Covid restrictions were lifted.

The animals let loose for the runs are generally used in bullfights later the same day. A 2020 survey by Electomania, a polling company, found 46.7% of Spaniards were in favour of banning bullfighting, 34.7% were not in favour but did not back a legal ban, and 18.6% believed it should be preserved.


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