Summer festivals turn deadly in Spain, bulls kill seven

Bulls gore seven people to death during summer festivals across Spain

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

At least seven people have lost their lives since the beginning of July during the running of the bulls at summer festivals across Spain, where people run in front of bulls, risking their lives.

Among those killed was a 36-year-old town councillor gored in Penafiel, a town north of Madrid, and an 18-year-old teenager who was gored in the stomach in Lerin, Navarra.

The other five deaths occurred during bull festivals in other regions in the country such as Valencia, Murcia, Toledo, Castellon and Alicante.

Over 2,000 bullfights, also known as corridas are held in Spain every year.

El Diario, a news website in Spain, reported that over 7,200 bulls were killed by bullfighters last year in the country.

Bullfighting has many fans in Spain including the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, while opponents find it to be barbaric and urge for the prohibition of the practice.

Catalonia became the second Spanish region after the Canary Islands to prohibit bullfighting in 2010.

A law defending bullfighting was passed in 2013, regarding the tradition as a part of the nation's cultural heritage, adding it is the state’s duty to "preserve it and promote it," according to El Pais website.

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