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

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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 such fatality in the country since such events resumed after COVID-19 curbs were relaxed during the summer.

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The 55-year-old man, 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 on Saturday in hospital in the nearby town of Villareal after hemorrhaging blood from a wound in his left thigh that perforated his artery, emergency services said. He also suffered a head wound.

Onda Council cancelled the rest of Saturday’s events following the attack.

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 Spain’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

The animals let loose for the runs are generally used in bullfights later on the same day.

A 2020 survey by Electomania, a polling company, found 46.7 percent of Spaniards were in favor of banning bullfighting, 34.7 percent were not in favor but did not back a legal ban and 18.6 percent believed it should be preserved.

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