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Spanish Bull Run: Three Dead In 24 Hours In Valencia Hospitals

Spanish Bull Run: Three Dead In 24 Hours In Valencia Hospitals
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Three men that participated in bull-running festivals in eastern Spain died in one day.

Bull-running festivals, or bous al career, are well-established Spanish traditions where people run in front of bulls through the towns, widespread in the Valencia region.

The tradition has received criticism for being outdated and dangerous for the public as well as the animals.

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In the past eight years, allegedly, 20 people have died in the region due to the festivities.

The three men died at Valencia hospitals, where they had been receiving treatment after suffering severe injuries in close contact with bulls during the past two weeks.

The first casualty was a 64-year-old French visitor gored by a bull in Pedreguer, a town near Alicante. He died on Monday after receiving intensive care since the accident occurred on July 8.

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Another of the victims was a 56-year-old man who had been watching the bull-running in Picassent, south of the city of Valencia. The man was standing behind a block in the street when a bull came close to him and gored him.

The man was tossed into the air and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He died in the hospital on Tuesday, nine days after the accident.

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A man in his 50s died on the same day after his lung had been pierced by a bull Meliana, north of Valencia.

The mayor of Meliana said that accidents are a risk that people have to take if they want to participate in these events.

With approximately 10,000 bull-running events annually held in Spain, injuries and casualties can be counted on, and goring incidents are not uncommon. This year, 478 people have been injured in bull-running festivities so far.

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The popular San Fermin bull run in Pamplona resulted in 35 injuries earlier this month. The interest in the event was huge since the famous festival had to be canceled the previous two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pacma, The Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals, criticized organizers of the Valencia festivals for putting the residents' lives at risk and abusing the poor animals. The outcome is often fatal for the bulls since they are later forced into bullfights.

The tradition is, however well established since the early 14th century and boosts the local economy. The festivities attract many tourists, and a 2019 study found that it created more than 3,000 jobs and brought in €300 Million in the year before the pandemic.