A shocking video has caused outrage as a Spanish fighting bull is shown having a possible “seizure” during the running of the bulls celebration in the Valencia region of Spain on Wednesday.
According to the Madrid Journal, the footage captured during the “bous al carrer” showed the bull running through the designated path through the town surrounded by cheering spectators, when the animal suddenly fell to his knees and collapsed in the middle of the street. The animal appeared to be in pain and repeatedly hit his head and horns on the paved road while he shook out of control. And instead of the townspeople summoning for a veterinarian to attend to the animal, the crowd booed in anger.
A moment later one of the spectators rushed toward the bull and pulled its tail, in an attempt to get the suffering animal to stand up. When the bull was finally able to get back on his feet, he could no longer run. Experts stated the bull had earlier slammed heavily into a wall at the beginning of the run.
“It is possibly due to a head injury, perhaps caused by crashing against the safety barriers protecting spectators along the route,” stated Jose Enrique Zaldivar, the president of an organization lobbying against bullfighting and animal abuse. (AVATMA)
Animal advocates state the video provides the proof that “even those spectacles that don’t involve blood such as bous al carrer also bring intense suffering for the animals.” A demonstration to fight against the mistreatment and for rights for animals will be held on May 27.
More than 20,000 fighting bulls are used in festivals across Spain every summer. Support for the sport has continued to decline.
The video can be viewed at this link. Please note it is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.
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