The man carelessly taunted a bull on the streets before it went rogue and crushed him. It got people talking about animal rights and bullfighting.
Bullfights have been around for ages. In Spain, the sport traces its origin all the way back to 711 CE. It may appear thrilling but it is not for the faint-hearted. This was once again demonstrated when a man was hit by a bull in a terrifying incident that was captured on video.
Ricky Gervais, the famous British comedian, and a fierce animal rights activist, reshared a video of a man getting mercilessly rammed by a bull. Patrice Pressard originally posted the video showing the bull trampling a man in the streets.
The viral clip shows the man raising his arm next to the bull and passing taunts at it. The bull seems to get offended, and seconds later, unanticipatedly jumps on the man and knocks him hard on the ground.
The bull then attacks the man with its horns, stomps over his jaw and abdomen before running away.
The video by Gervais was captioned, "Boom," and has over a million views and around 87,000 likes.
Although animal abuse is illegal in Spain, games like bullfighting and cockfighting are allowed as part of Spain's national heritage. The court rulings are in favor of them. Such deadly incidents are common in the country, and many animal rights activists and global leaders are trying to ban these events.
In another shocking news in 2022, a bullfighting arena collapsed, killing four people, and Colombian President Gustavo Petro urged mayors to prohibit these games, according to News 18, as they put animals' and civilians' lives at risk.
Espero que todas las personas afectadas por el derrumbe de la plaza de El Espinal puedan salir airosas de sus heridas.— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) June 26, 2022
Esto ya había sucedido antes en Sincelejo.
Le solicito a las alcaldías no autorizar más espectáculos con la muerte de personas o animales. pic.twitter.com/dMAq6uqlKX
Petro also expressed his grief over the destruction and wrote on Twitter, "I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of the Plaza de El Espinal can come out of their wounds unscathed."
He also pointed to another incident in Sincelejo, where 222 people died. The accident unfolded when a stadium collapsed around a bull ring in 1980. He added, "I ask the mayors not to authorize more shows with the death of people or animals."
Attempts to ban bullfights are going on, and their results bore fruit when, in June 2022, the renowned bullfighting ring, Monumental Plaza de Toros de Mexico no longer hosted the game because of the ban issued by the court in Mexico City, reports Le Monde.
The arrogance of humans thinking they can abuse animals. Got what you deserved bro.— SmokePuppy420 (@SmokePuppy420) August 28, 2022
People on Twitter also joined the conversation around bullfighting in response to the video reposted by Gervais. Twitter user, @KayeSteinsapir, said, "Maybe it’s finally time to leave these poor animals alone." Another user, @Luis_Endera, who claims to support the anti-bull fight cause, wrote: "In Spain, we anti-bullfighting say: 'Don't worry, he doesn't suffer, it's art.'"
Twitter user, @peterqueally, called the game stupid and shared, "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes." Another user had no sympathy for the man involved in the altercation with the animal. @itsDanBull wrote, "It is hard to feel sympathy for someone who gets harmed while trying to cause harm."
Boom! pic.twitter.com/bNDaHsfwow— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 28, 2022
Despite bullfighting being legal in Spain, an online poll on behalf of World Animal Protection revealed 58 percent of people condemned it and only 19 percent favored the tradition, as per a 2017 Express report.