Man Dies During Bullfight in Colombia: Reports

January 4, 2018 Updated: January 4, 2018

A man was gored to death during a bullfight in Colombia this week, according to reports.

Jorge Barrios was mortally wounded during one of Colombia’s “corralejas” event, which features bullfighting. In the event, contestants bait the animal with red capes before attempting to evade the charging bull.

Barrios, a construction worker, wasn’t able to get out of the way and was skewered by the bull’s horn. The incident unfolded in Sincelejo.

The animal knocks him down as it hits him with its horns.

Crowds of people then rush to the man to help, reported The Metro. The bull, meanwhile, tries to attack other bullfighters with red capes.

Barrios was taken to the University Hospital of Sincelejo, where he was later pronounced dead.

Some people said that he might have been drunk when he tried to compete, according to the Metro.

According to the Humane Society International, an animal rights group, bullfights are outdated.

“Bullfights are not ‘fair fights’ between a bull and a matador, but highly staged forms of animal cruelty, sanctioned and subsidized by governments. These outdated spectacles perpetuate the idea that injuring and killing an animal for amusement is acceptable,” the group’s website states.

“Events still take place in Spain, France, Portugal, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico,” it says.

 

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