Three people have been gored at a traditional bull run in Spain which animal activists have denounced for inflicting “unimaginable” harm on animals.
The week-long Toro Enmaromado sees people run through the streets of Benavente while dragging bulls by a rope.
On Wednesday, three participants were hospitalized after being charged down by Pitarroso, a 620 kilo bull, reported 20 Minutos.
Local media is reporting that another participant is in serious condition after collapsing during the run.
Imanol Martinez @imanolmart
Toro enmaromado benavente 2016 #pitarroso
4:44 AM – 26 May 2016 · Benavente, España, España
panish political party and animal rights group PACMA has sought to have the event banned because of the severe abuse meted out against the animals.
A statement on the PACMA website provides an eyewitness account to some activities at the festival and describes how bulls are subjected to “unimaginable” suffering before being transferred to a slaughterhouse.
The group say they plan to launch a complaint after claims children and drunk people took part in this year’s event.
At one point the large bull spears two men in a doorway, although it is unclear if these people required hospital treatment.