Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2022. 9:04 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Three men have died in hospitals in Valencia, Spain, following severe injuries sustained from participating in the widely popular traditional ‘bous al carrer’ (bull-run).
The BBC reports that the three victims, all males, aged 50 and above, all died within a 24-hour span. One victim, aged 56, suffered severe brain injury after being flung into the air by the raging bull, the other, age 50, suffered from a pierced lung, while the third to die from injuries was 64 years old.
The Spanish animal rights group party for the animals (Pacma), which has been calling for an end to bull festivals for years has reiterated its call for its abolition following the latest deaths. The group says that the organizers of the festivals put the lives of animals as well as participants at risk by holding such events. There have been 20 deaths reported from these events over the last eight years.
Still, the events are held every year as they attract massive crowds and provide a substantial boost to Valencia’s economy. The BBC notes that there was a study conducted in 2019 that found that the festivals created more than 3,000 jobs and brought in €300 million with almost 10,000 events a year.
Back in May, a bull cleared the security rail at the Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan, during the bull riding competition. The bull escaped into the unsuspecting crowd; fortunately, it was captured quickly and no one was injured during the incident.
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