Goring tragedy in Benissa

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Cordon Press

THE tragic death of a young man aged 33 who was gored through his femoral artery during the Bous al Carrer bull-running in Benissa on Saturday May 2 has reignited the debate on bull-running, and by extension bullfighting, in Spain.
The victim died of his injuries in Denia Hospital following a nine-day stay in Intensive Care. He was caught between a tree and a charging bull, part of fiesta celebrations in the town.
This latest fatality brings the debate on Spain’s traditional ‘running of the bulls’ to public attention yet again, an issue that has prompted public outcry on many occasions, usually when serious injury or death has been the result of what many see as a time-worn Spanish tradition.
For many this, and bullfighting in particular, is a cultural issue and the public view on whether this tradition should be embraced or stamped out depends on personal opinion. Fans see bullfighting as not a sport but an art form. Opponents see it as a barbaric ‘torturing’ of the animals.
Visitors from other parts of the world – especially animal-loving Brits – often come down on the side of banning the sport, as happened in Catalonia. Others think they have no right to interfere in their host country’s culture.
As yet another victim of the Spanish bull-running leaves a family devastated, animal rights groups in Spain call yet again for an end to a dangerous tradition that remains locked into fiesta programmes all over the country.
The Euro Weekly News is asking readers’ opinions:
Do you think bull-running should be allowed to continue? Do you feel this long-held tradition should be respected? Or do you think it is too fraught with risks? Let us know at www.euroweeklynews.com.




2 COMMENTS

  1. Another tragic loss of a life and for what? A barbaric and outdated ‘tradition’. It used to be a tradition to burn witches at the stake yet we managed to grow out of that! There should be no place in a civilised society for bullfighting, bull running or indeed animal cruelty. Spain and its people have so much more to offer the world than to be known for that. Consign it to the history books and Ernest Hemmingway I say!

  2. when we first came to spain my son was 8yrs old and when he got older he went to the bull runs and took part.- later, with a friends family he went to a bull fight.
    I was here 10yrs before I got to see the ‘fire bull’ and now have seen it twice. we do not understand where the ‘toturing the bull’ on the runs comes in but both agree that the ‘fight’ is wrong as my son says having seen it he is dead against the guy on horseback and reckons the matador should face the bull on his own when they both are fit- not when the bull is half dead.
    As for Britain a nation of animal lovers – that has changed – you can’t call them that anymore!!!!
    Problem to me is that where ever the brits go they want to change things – remmember the residencia card??? The only place you could not travel with it was UK.

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