Man mauled to death by a bull at a Spanish festival.

A wild cow tosses a reveler at the bullring following the seventh running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 13, 2015. [Photo courtesy]

A man has died and his friend injured during a bull-running festival in eastern Spain, authorities say.

The man, aged 61, was gored in the ribs by a cow during the event in the town of Pobla de Farnals in the Valencia region on Saturday. He underwent emergency surgery but died on Sunday.

His friend, aged 63, who was attacked on both legs by one bull, was treated and is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Deaths and injuries during bullfighting festivals in Spain are not uncommon.

There are hundreds of such events – where bulls are released on city streets while people run in front of them – across Spain every year.

Animal rights organizations have long complained about the danger to the public and animals.

Such events remain popular. But many activists say they are dangerous and cruel, and debates over whether they should be abolished have become more heated in recent years.

The season of the running of the bulls provides a great boost to the economy of Valencia.

A 2019 study found that these races helped create 3,000 jobs and generated an income of 300 million euros equivalent to 47.97 Billion kenyan shillings and around 10,000 such events take place every year.

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