Bullfighter Dies in Spain

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During a bull fight this week, a matador sustained lethal injuries after being gored. This was the first bullfighter to die in the ring in over 30 years.
The bullfighter, Victor Barrio, was 29 years old and was fighting on a televised event in Teruel, Spain. The bull’s horn pierced his chest.
Although there are several bullfighting injuries yearly, Jose Cubero was the last matador to die in the ring, in 1985.
Currently, there are still around 2000 bullfights occurring each year in Spain, although the numbers continue to drop. Two regions, the Canary Islands and Catalonia, have banned the tradition.
Opponents of bullfighting consider the sport barbaric, but fans, including the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, believe the tradition is an important part of national history.
Outspoken animal rights activists have taken to social media this week to share the event and to raise awareness of the practice. Although some activists, like Ricky Gervais, did not expressly comment on the matador’s death, the comment section weighed in. Followers called the death “karma” and others commented in hopes that each of these incidents will lead Spain to reconsider their allowance of such “public torture of animals for fun”.
We will not post the video of the death on our site, but because it was a televised event, you can find the video online here.
According to the Humane Society International, only 29 percent of Spanish citizens support bullfighting and 75 percent of people haven’t been to a fight in more than five years. “Bullfighting is a cruel and outdated spectacle that has no place in modern Spain,” said Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International.

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