A 55-year-old man has died after being gored at a bull-running festival in Onda, Spain. According to authorities, the man was repeatedly attacked by the bull at the event in the eastern Spanish town.
The man suffered a wound to his left leg and his head, which according to emergency services, resulted in the man bleeding to death.
Participants at the event attempted to entice the bull away from the man but were unsuccessful.
Medics desperately attempted to treat the man but he was pronounced dead in hospital as a result of haemorrhaging blood from a wound in his left leg which had perforated an artery, according to emergency services.
The man’s death is the first fatality of this nature since the resumption of bull-running events, which have returned following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The festival has always had a brutal history of injuries and death with one man being gored and five injured at the Pamplona bull run in 2019, while another 28 were injured the year before at the same event.
During a 2015 event in the town of Pedreguer, Alicante, a French tourist was killed after being gored.
This brutal history has often lead people to question if the event should be abolished as the bulls which are let loose during the day are typically used in bullfights later on.
In 2020, a survey conducted by Electomania revealed that 46.7% of Spaniards were in favour of banning bullfighting while 34.7% were not in favour of the events but didn’t support a legal ban, however, 18.6% believed that it should be preserved.