Spain: Spectator Gored To Death in Spanish Bull Run – A Real ‘Festival For All’ So They Say !


Spectator gored to death in Spanish bull run

A bull gored and killed a 74-year-old man who was watching a bull run in northern Spain after it broke through a wooden safety barrier, the third such fatality in just over a week, local officials said.

Felix de Luis Morentin was gored in the neck in the doorway of a building in the town of Lodosa where he was watching the bull run with his wife, the regional government of Navarra said in a statement.

Two other spectators required medical care after they were struck by another young bull that also broke through the security barrier which is supposed to prevent the animals from mixing up with spectators, it added.

A 25-year-old was taken to hospital after he was struck in the head by the bull and a 62-year-old woman was treated at a health centre for bruises to one of her knees.

“We are all very much affected because what was supposed to be a festive day has become quite the opposite,” Lodosa mayor Pablo Azcona told reporters.

The safety barrier met all legal requirements, he added.

The bull run was as part of a six-day festival held in Lodosa each year in honour of Saint Emeterius and Saint Celedonius which wraps up Thursday.

Towns across Spain hold festivals in which crowds of people run ahead a pack of bulls, which thunder through the streets towards the bull ring for a fight.

A bull gored a 50-year-old man to death in a bull run in the eastern town of Rafelbunyol on Saturday after he struck the animal with an umbrella. Press reports said he “appeared to be drunk.”

And on July 23, a bull gored a 62-year-old man to death when it rammed a barrier in a temporary bullring during a festival in the northwestern town of El Maderial Spain.

Forty-three people were injured this year during Spain’s most famous bull run, held every July in Pamplona.

SAV Comment:
And the bulls did not end up that well either – dead most probably !

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China: Breaking News – 600 Caged Cats Rescued From 2 Trucks in Wuxi Near Shanghai.

Breaking news – 600 caged cats rescued from 2 trucks in Wuxi near Shanghai

More details for cats rescued on Aug the 3rd-4th:
At 10pm on Aug 3rd, the Wuxi Animal Protection Association was told that a truck loaded with many cages of cats was preparing to head south to Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong province. In an effort to stop this departure many volunteers went to the gate of the storage place at midnight to wait for the truck to leave, planning to stop them at the toll fee station on the nearest highway. They waited until 5am in the morning when finally the truck filled with so much life started to leave. The truck also carried furniture on the bottom, and thirteen cages filled with cats were placed on top. Should the volunteers have not stopped the truck, these cats would have had to travel for 30 hours in the blazing heat with no food or water, only to arrive to a cruel death when they arrive in Guangzhou, the supposed most sophisticated city in China. It is absurd that such a large city with such a developed economy should have a ruined reputation because of a few select criminals who violently kill these poor cats for food every day. 

While waiting for the police to arrive on the scene the truck drivers told many lies to them, including that their truck “contained no animals whatsoever,” and that their “truck has nothing to do with any animals.” They said that their truck was only used for shipping furniture. Conveniently, right at that very moment, one little cat stuck her small head out of one of the cages at the top of the truck, looking around curiously. This little cat completely broke his lie right away, embarrassing the lying truck driver in front of crowd!

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