Spanish matador is gored in the rear by a wounded 1,000lb bull during a festival in Colombia

Spanish matador is gored in the rear by a wounded 1,000lb bull during a festival in Colombia

For years, debates over animal-related sports have raged across the world, with advocates for animal rights arguing that the activities are inhumane. As a result, hobbies such as fox hunting, dog-fighting and bull runs have all been banned in a lot of places - but some nations still hold onto them as old cultural traditions.

In Colombia, for instance, bullfighting is still very much alive and well, and attracts thousands of people each year.

Unfortunately, the spectator sport isn't just a threat to the bulls involved; it's also a huge risk for the matadors who goad them into fighting.

This weekend, Spanish matador Julian Lopez - also known as 'El Juli' - was taking part in a bullfight at La Santamaria bullring in Bogota, Colombia, when a 1,000lb bull managed to gore him in the backside.

The incident happened towards the end of the fight, when Lopez was about to execute the bull (which is usually how these events end) - but the huge animal managed to get the better of him. Despite having been stuck with several Banderillas (pointed flags), the beaten and bloodied bull was not going to go out without a fight, and charged directly at the fighter.

Lopez was thrown into the air, prompting his colleagues to rush into the ring and distract the bull before it could do any more damage. Thankfully, the diversion worked, and Lopez did not suffer any further injuries.

However, he did have to be taken to hospital after the attack (or defense, whichever way you prefer to look at it).

Lopez was lucky enough to get away with a 6 inch wound in his rear - but the bull did not escape as easily.

Every year, a quarter of a million bulls are slaughtered in events like these ones, and the methods of torture used against them are seen as cruel and unnecessary by millions worldwide.

David Bowles, the assistant director for public affairs at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said: "The RSPCA is strongly opposed to bullfighting. It is an inhumane and outdated practice that continues to lose support, including from those living in the countries where this takes place such as Spain, Portugal and France."

However, the sport continues to be endorsed because of how much money it brings in each year. In Spain alone, bullfighting reportedly generates €1600 million ($1.1billion) a year, and over 57,000 jobs are directly linked to the industry.

Times do seem to be changing, thankfully - but not as quickly as many would like. The sport has been banned from TV in a lot of countries due to being too violent, and, in 2015, the European Union voted to ban countries from using any of their budget to fund bullfighting activities.

Many places have now transitioned to a "bloodless" form of the sport, in which a matador still gets into the ring to torment the bull, but does not physically injure it in any way. While this is still seen as a form of unnecessary cruelty by animal rights activists, it is undeniably a better option than the current bullfights we see in most areas today.