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Man gets absolutely decked while trying to taunt bull in the streets

Charisa Bossinakis

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Man gets absolutely decked while trying to taunt bull in the streets

A man has been trampled by a bull in the streets after taunting it in front of onlookers.

Comedian and fierce animal rights activist Ricky Gervais reshared Patrice Pressard's video of the man and his terrifying encounter with the sire in the streets during a bullfight

The man is seen raising his arm next to the bull’s horn before the animal abruptly jumped up and knocked the man to the ground.

The bull then tread on the man’s jaw and abdomen before running away.

Gervais, who posted the video, which has been viewed over a million times, captioned it ‘boom’.

While animal abuse is illegal in Spain, bull and cockfighting are allowed as a court ruling determined them as part of Spain's ‘national heritage'.

However, many global leaders and animal rights activists are working to ban these kinds of events.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro urged mayors to prohibit corralejas earlier this year after a bullfighting arena collapsed, killing four people.

He said these types of events put civilians and the animals' lives at risk.

He 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.”

Petro also noted a similar accident that unfolded in Sincelejo, where 222 people died after a stadium collapsed around a bull ring in 1980, according to History.

He added: “I ask the mayors not to authorise more shows with the death of people or animals.”

In June this year, the biggest bullfighting ring in the world no longer hosts bullfights after a court issued a ban in Mexico City, as per Le Monde.

The court insisted it conflicts with Mexico City’s constitution, which guarantees the ‘right to a healthy environment’.

Bullfighting was also banned at the Zacatecas state fair at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Mexico after a court ruled a temporary injunction.

The court ruled in favour of the coalition lawsuit, arguing that these kinds of events lead to ‘pain and suffering’ for the animals causing ‘increased heart rate, hypertension, hyperventilation, sweating and stress and muscle stiffness’, according Mexico News Daily.

The Local also reports that despite bullfighting being legal in many parts of Spain, an online poll by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of World Animal Protection, revealed that 58 per cent of adults denounced it.

However, only 19 per cent supported the tradition.

Featured Image Credit: Patrice Pressard / ricky.gervais / Twitter.

Topics: News, World News, Animals, Ricky Gervais

Charisa Bossinakis
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