Terrible pictures show a sword twitching up and down in the back of a bull as its dying body twitched during the first bullfighting in Spain since its closure.
The gruesome spectacle was shot in Avila, 55 miles west of the Spanish capital Madrid.
It has sparked a new storm of outrage at blood sport, and activists are calling for an end to bullfighting amidst a flood of coronavirus cases in the country.
Carmen Ibarlucea of the animal rights group La Tortura No Es Cultura (torture is not a culture) said: "Have we not had an overdose of death and pain in the past few months?"
The gruesome spectacle took place in Avila, 55 miles west of the Spanish capital Madrid. Pictured moments before the sword was impaled on the bull's back
The barbaric scene was recorded by activists from Torture Is Not Culture and Animal Guardians.
It shows blood flowing from the dying animal's mouth as the matador continues to bait it.
A sword was impaled in the bull's back and blood spurted out as the blade rose and fell with every pulse.
The matador stepped back and watched the animal suffer a slow and painful death before it.
The footage shows blood flowing from the dying animal's mouth while the matador continues to bait it with a purple and yellow cloak
His hoof is cut off as a souvenir, a tradition when the crowd is happy with the matador. The bull's ears and tail or a hoof can be cut off and presented as a gift
Blood spurted from the bull's nose and it tumbled through the arena as his wounds slowly killed him.
On the way to the edge of the ring, the bull fell to the ground and cheered the audience.
One of the matadors had torn off half of his pants, known as Taleguilla, when he impaled the animal with a sword.
The footage also showed that the bullring was less than half full. Large parts of the terraces had only a handful of spectators and the upper levels were deserted from all sides.
A civil servant stands in the arena with a blue face mask while holding the hoof that was freshly cut from the dying bull
Blood spurted from the bull's nose and it tumbled through the arena as his wounds slowly killed him
The matador gave the bull's head a final blow with a small knife, but the animal continued to twist as it slowly died.
His hoof was then cut off as a souvenir – a tradition when the crowd is happy with the matador. The bull's ears or tail can also be cut off and presented as a gift.
A few moments later, another bull is let into the ring for another fight.
Animal Guardians' Marta Esteban Miñano said the small amount proved that bullfighting is needed.
She said: “The bullfighting lobby has been calling for months for public funds and asking to be able to hold a bullfight.
& # 39; And what happened? It was a total failure, the alleged fans did not respond. & # 39;
The footage also showed that the bullring was less than half full. Large parts of the terraces had only a handful of spectators and the upper levels were deserted from all sides
Lockdown hit bullfighting hard, and blood sports leaders vocalized about the need for government subsidies to survive.
However, the practice is already receiving public funding from national and local governments, while farms that breed animals for the bullring have been shown to receive EU cash.
Ms. Esteban continued: “How can this cruel bankrupt business continue to be subsidized with public funds?
"This is a waste of Spanish and European taxes at a time of great need."
Carmen Ibarlucea added: “The numbers speak for themselves: in Spain, those of us who oppose bullfighting are a large majority.
Spectators wore masks as they watched the animals be spurred on with a colored cloak before swords were impaled on their backs
England banned fox hunting in 2005. China banned breeding dogs for human consumption almost a month ago. Traditions are not immovable. & # 39;
The incidence of virus cases in Spain has tripled in the past two weeks, from 8.8 cases per 100,000 on July 3 to 27.4 per 100,000.
This has prompted the UK government to re-quarantine anyone arriving from Spain, forcing British holidaymakers to isolate themselves for 14 days when they return home.
Spain receives more tourists from the UK than from any other country, and tourism accounts for 11 percent of the country's GDP. The return of quarantine is therefore another blow to the economy.
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