EITB.com reports today that a bull jumped into the stands at a bullfight in Spain on Wednesday, terrorizing fans and severely injuring a young boy.
The terrifying incident happened in Tafalla, in the northern region of Navarra, and occurred when the animal leapt over the fence and climbed up the stairs of the stands knocking over people, including young children.
A 10-year-old boy was in a serious condition with stomach wounds while another spectator was gored in the back. The incident occurred during a contest of recortadores when brave participants attempt to dodge the bull as it runs frantically around the arena.
Spectators and officials later tied a rope around the bull to get it under control … the animal was removed from the arena by a crane and later killed.
The incident comes at an extremely inopportune time for proponents of bullfighting in Spain, as noted by EITB:
Last month Catalonia became the first major Spanish region to ban the deadly sport after heated debate that pitted animal rights against a pillar of traditional culture. The ban will take effect from 2010 in the northeastern coastal region whose capital is Barcelona.
With the recent ban in Catalonia, the future of bullfighting in Spain - at least in its current state in the rest of the country - may well rest with the recovery of the victims of this attack.