Eight injured in Peruvian bullfighting festival

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:29 GMT, May 18, 2016 |

Eight people were injured in the first day of the traditional “Toro Chutay” bull-fighting festival in Peru’s Huancavelica region on Monday (May 16).

The majority of injuries happened during the “Jala Toro” act in which horsemen parade outside the stadium, pulling a group of bulls by ropes attached to their horns, whilst onlookers taunt the animals.

Bullfighter, Braulio Quise Luna, 38, from Lima, was among the injured, suffering contusion in his lower back from the bull’s horns during the fight. He was left in a critical state and transferred to a nearby hospital.

Local health authorities declared a state of green alert in nearby clinics given the record of injuries at the festival year on year.

Despite the incidents, the popular festival will continue as usual until the end of the week.