Peruvian bullfighter Roca Rey fights a Jandilla bull at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain on July 11. Spanish towns and cities have come under intense criticism for the blood sport, which kills hundreds of bulls every year.
Peruvian bullfighter Roca Rey fights a Jandilla bull at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain on July 11. Spanish towns and cities have come under intense criticism for the blood sport, which kills hundreds of bulls every year. JIM HOLLANDER

Spanish fun brought to a crashing end

A BULL killed itself on a wooden post after being sent into a terrified frenzy when its horns were set on fire in front of a baying crowd.

Footage has emerged of the animal becoming confused and scared before it runs a short distance around a ring and hits its head on a wooden post in the small town of Foios in Valencia, Spain.

The animal was initially tied to the post in front of the crowd during the "Bulls in the Street” festival - a scaled down version of Pamplona's Running of the Bulls festival.

In footage obtained by animal rights group Bulls Defenders United and posted on its Facebook page, the crowd's excitement appears to turn to shock as the animal hits the post, suggesting its death was not planned.

Spanish towns and cities have come under intense criticism for the blood sport of bullfighting, which kills hundreds of bulls every year.

In 2013, the national government declared the practice a "cultural asset”, which allows the sport to draw national funding - a decision opposed by the majority of Spaniards according to recent polling. - INM



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