Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs with a Vitorino Martin ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at La Maestranza bullring at the Feria de Abril (April’s Fair) in Seville, Spain
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An activist reacts during the ‘Toro de la Vega’ bull spearing festival in Tordesillas, near Valladolid, Spain on Tuesday. Men on horseback chased down a bull and speared it to death during the annual Toro de la Vega festival reviled by animal rights activists who turned out by the hundreds to protest the event
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Fabien Napias of the French Recortadores company Passion Saltador leaps over a charging bull at the end of the Liga de Corte Puro finals at the Plaza de Toros in Valladolid, Spain. The art consists of leaping, diving and somersaulting over charging bulls
A man rides a bull during festivities honouring the capital’s patron saint Santo Domingo de Guzman in Managua, Nicaragua
Spain’s bullfighter Jesus Martinez “Morenito de Aranda” performs a pass during a bullfight at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain
A Spanish recortador jumps over a bull during a show in Cali, Colombia.
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A rider holds on as a bull tries to throw him during the Bull Ride Spectacular on the first day of the 2014 Deni Ute Muster at the Play on the Plains Festival grounds on Friday in Deniliquin, Australia.
Members of Vila Franca Xira forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands during the festival
Members of Vila Franca forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands.
Revellers run ahead of ‘Jandilla’ fighting bulls on the way to the bullring, during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain
Portuguese forcados are tossed by a bull as they try to catch it during a traditional Portuguese bullfight at Lisbon‘s Campo Pequeno bullring. The forcados are a group of eight men who perform the “pega de cara”, or “face catch”, in which they challenge a fighting bull barehanded
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A bull charges out of an enclosure during a bull-taming sport called Jallikattu in Palamedu, about 434 km south of Chennai, India. Jallikattu is an ancient heroic sporting event of the Tamils played during the harvest festival of Pongal.
A Samburu moran stands next to a fattened black bull in the remote northern Kenyan village of Wamba in Samburu. British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner, will accept the bull from the Namunyak women’s group during a ceremony to bless and celebrate the birth of Britain’s Prince George.
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Matadors wait for the start of a bullfight during the festivities of San Roque, patron saint, in the village of Penafiel, Spain. In August hundreds of villages celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and parties on the streets.
An El Pilar fighting bull gores a runner on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Friday. Four runners were gored in a run that lasted five minutes, according to local media.
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A reveller eludes a bull’s horn at Calle Estafeta during the fourth day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival, on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. The annual fiesta, which featured in The Sun also Rises, the 1926 novel by Ernest Hemingway, involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona.
A fighting cow leaps over revellers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Sunday. Several runners suffered light injuries in a run that lasted four minutes and six seconds, according to local media