TORDESILLAS, Spain – At least one person was gored in the leg on Tuesday during a bull-chasing festival in a town in western Spain that has its origins in medieval times.
Revelers at the Toro de la Vega festival would traditionally release an ornery beast into the streets of Tordesillas, near Valladolid, before subsequently chasing the animal down on horseback in an attempt to kill it with lances, but legislation passed by the region of Castile and Leon in 2016 outlawed the killing of bulls in public.
With that advantage, this year the bull managed to hit at least two people and skewered one person by the knee, dragging the participant several meters along the ground before he came loose, according to an eyewitness.
The festival, renamed Toro de la Peña since the law change, nowadays attracts a substantial number of protesters who wish to be permitted to kill the bull.
Historically, the bull would be pardoned if it made outside the town limits or evaded death.