Bullfighting, along with Running of the Bulls is one of the many traditions related to Iberian Peninsula, namely Spain and Portugal, but also with countries of Latin America which are under a strong cultural influence of the two Iberian countries. There is a strong movement led by various animal rights organizations opposing this tradition which points out various injuries which matadors endure and bring up the notion of animal abuse which leads to these injuries. Still, it is one of the traditions this part of the world is known for and majority of citizens still condone these events.
We will point out some of the most gruesome injuries which happened lately in these events. In 2010 one of the most famous matadors of Spain, Julio Aparicio, got gored in the throat during a bullfight and this injury left him in critical condition. During the Festival of Saint Isidro which takes place at the Plaza de Toros las Ventas bullring (with capacity of 24000 seats), an event considered a premier event in the bullfighting calendar, Aparicio endured an injury which saw the bull’s horn pierce through the tongue and roof of the mouth, fracturing his jawbone, and only after two operations his life was saved. On the other hand, the bull didn’t have such luck, he was killed afterwards.
Another such injury happened a year earlier during the same event, in 2009, when Spanish matador Israel Lancho got pierced by the bull’s horn, tearing an eight-inch hole in his side. It was stated that it was a miracle that the horn had missed his heart, which was a lucky circumstance for Lancho as he managed to survive this encounter.
There is another event of this kind which happened in Colombia during an annual 6-day Bullfighting Festival when 48 people got attacked by tormented and tortured bulls. Usually, in this event which has more than a 150 year long tradition, it is expected that 20 people on average get killed. One of the injured people had his shin pierced by the bull’s horn and another one, who is a matador, had a bull’s horn go through his thigh, mauling his leg.
The latest of these events happened in 2013 in Pamplona. This tradition called Running of the Bulls represents an event which takes place every year in the streets of this city when people run through the streets being chased by angry bulls who were previously agitated by Picadores, people mounted on horses and armed with lances. In the end, an American (20 years old) got gored in the stomach, another three people got injured in run, a 42-year-old Spaniard suffered severe arm injuries and the most bloody attack left a 31-year-old with two stabs in the groin and one in the leg. All these injuries were inflicted by bull weighing half-a-ton, running amok for their lives. Between 200 and 300 people approximately get injured in this kind of events called “Encierros”, each year.
If, after reading all this information, you still want to spend your holidays in Marbella and Malaga, you can find accommodation on our webpage, but take additional care not to be found in the middle of these events in case the date of your stay coincides with them.