Police in Spain are investigating after a half-ton fighting bull left a bullring, injuring two while charging through the streets of a small town in central Spain before being run over to death by a car. .
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, as many in the village of Brihuega, of 2,400 inhabitants, had gathered at the local bullring to receive a trimmer contest, in which participants take turns jumping, turning and maneuvering around a bull or heifer in the hope of being considered the “bravest” of the ring.
Event video He showed the last animal of the evening, a bull named Campanito, aim at the gates of the bullring. After making his way through the first set of doors, a second set easily gave way and the bull slipped into the narrow streets of the town.
“The bull goes out into the street”, a voice can be heard saying in the video, as at least a dozen people, including the organizers of the event, began to chase the bull. The commentator continued: “Panic in the stands, everyone has climbed higher.”
Two men, aged 73 and 64, were gored when the bull made its way through several streets of the town. Both had to be taken to hospital, one with minor injuries. The other is reportedly in stable condition.
The neighbors decided to intervene by hitting the bull with a vehicle, one of the neighbors he told Eldiario.es. “They beat the bull until he died,” said the anonymous resident.
A graphic video seems to show the bull wandering down a street as a car behind him accelerates before crashing into the animal.
On Monday, Spain’s Civil Guard said it had identified the driver of the vehicle and was working to clarify exactly what had happened. So far there have been no arrests, no one has been charged and the investigation remains open, a spokesman said.
The events in Brihuega provoked a strong reaction among defenders of animal rights and defenders of bullfighting throughout Spain. “Shameful and terrible images in Brihuega”, Sergio Torres, director of the general direction of animal protection of the Spanish government, said on Twitter.
“This must be severely punished,” he added, calling for the elimination of these types of events so that “they do not continue to be the shame of our country.”
AnimaNaturalis, a rights group that has been investigating the thousands of annual events in Spain related to bullfighting, said it would seek legal action for what it alleged was animal abuse.
“We will not let this case go unpunished,” said Aïda Gascón of the organization in a statement. “Campanito was only guilty of what we would all do in his place,” he added, referring to the bull’s escape from the bullring.
The Guadalajara bullfighting federation, however, praised the actions of the neighbors. “They organized and this rapid intervention prevented the animal from reaching other areas of the town where the tragedy could have been worse,” he said in a statement.
The federation, which represents the bullfighting associations of the entire province that includes Brihuega, criticized some media for minimizing the threat that the escaped bull had posed to the neighbors, noting that “on an extreme occasion in which the population is in danger, it is necessary to take certain actions to avoid catastrophes ”.