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Bull chased down and killed with spears at Spanish festival

Published 15/09/2015 | 16:59

Animal rights activists take part in a protest against the
Animal rights activists take part in a protest against the "Toro de la Vega" festival, in Malaga, southern Spain, September 13, 2015. Reuters/Jon Nazca

Men on horseback have chased down a bull and speared it to death during the annual Toro de la Vega festival in Spain.

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Scuffles broke out between animal rights activists and the festival's more numerous supporters before the bull, weighing more than half a ton, was released in the north central town of Tordesillas.

The activists also staged a sit-down protest, but scattered along with festival supporters when the bull was released and headed toward them before being driven to a field and speared.

The bull-spearing event has been held for centuries and is defended by supporters as an important historical tradition.

The person credited with killing the bull gets a medal.

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