Mother of bull that killed matador Victor Barrio to be slaughtered
Plans for the ritual slaughter of the mother of a bull which fatally gored Spanish matador Victor Barrio have sparked widespread criticism.
Barrio died on Sunday (NZT) when he was gored in the chest during a bullfight in the town of Teruel.
According to Spanish tradition, the mother of a bull that kills a matador is slaughtered to "kill off the bloodline", the Daily Telegraph reported.
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Thousands took to social media to support a campaign set up by animal rights political party, PACMA to save the life of the bull's mother, Lorenza.
"No rite, tradition or custom based on a succession of deaths, fed by the blood and hatred, can be good for any society," it said on Facebook.
"We only know one ethical end to end all this: the total abolition of bullfighting festivities."
A campaign was also started on Twitter, under the hashtag #SalvemosALorenza.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people attended a funeral for the dead matador.
People applauded as his coffin was carried Monday from a hearse to a packed church in the central town of Sepulveda.
The 29-year-old Barrio died after being gored in the thigh and chest in the central city of Teruel.
The goring was broadcast live on television.
Medics were at his side almost immediately but he died later in the ring infirmary.
Barrio was the first professional matador to die during a bullfight in Spain since 21-year-old Frenchman Jose Cubero Yiyo was fatally gored in 1985 in Madrid.