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Is bullfighting on its last gasp?

There's life in the spectacle yet

14 May 2016

9:00 AM

14 May 2016

9:00 AM

Looking at the programme for the feria of San Isidro in Madrid this month (bullfights are being held on 31 consecutive days), it may be hard to believe that there is any threat to the future of the spectacle — it is not a sport — of what in Spain is called la corrida (the running of the bulls). But its popularity has undeniably been declining in recent years, due to two factors: growing opposition, in the sometimes spurious name of animal welfare, and Spain’s economic crisis.

The decision taken in 2010 to ban bullfighting in Catalonia had considerably less to do with the welfare of bulls than with the Catalans’ wish to distance themselves from the rest of Spain and Spanish traditions. The reaction from the Madrid government was to transfer responsibility for bullfighting from the Interior Ministry to the Ministry of Culture, formally giving to la fiesta nacional the status of patrimonio cultural. Of course this did nothing to silence the animal rights opposition, including those British members of the acting profession who talk about the number of bulls which would be saved from slaughter if bullfighting was abolished, completely ignoring the fact that, without the corrida, this breed of bull would cease to exist. As a wild animal — perhaps the only one that can be relied on to charge on sight — it is far too dangerous to be bred only for meat and milk, and is not a good converter of grass into protein. The bull ranches would probably be turned over to flower and vegetable production under plastic.


In the past few years, it is the recession in Spain that has had the most serious effect on bullfighting. The annual number of corridas has fallen by almost 60 per cent since 2007; some city councils have withdrawn public funding due to budget cuts or the opposition of local mayors. Bull breeders have gone out of business, and fewer matadors are entering the profession (there were twice as many 15 years ago). With youth unemployment still around 45 per cent and bullfight tickets so much more expensive than those for a football match, it is not surprising that the majority of spectators at a corrida are middle-aged or older. Opposition to the bullfight from the new left-wing party Podemos, which may form part of a coalition government following elections in June, will make its future more uncertain.

For aficionados, however, it’s not all gloom. The demise of bullfighting has been predicted — even by its supporters — for the past hundred years. After municipal elections last summer in San Sebastian, a three-year ban on bullfighting in the city was reversed. During last month’s Seville feria, the sell-out signs (‘No Hay Billetes’) were put up on several days outside the 13,000-capacity La Maestranza bullring. And a new matador star has appeared on the scene, a 19-year-old Peruvian called Andres Roca Rey, whom I hope to see fighting in Madrid later this month when I attend the annual lunch of the admirable Club Taurino of London.

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  • Shorne

    One comes across this sort of article in the Spectator from time to time, usually they are along the lines of ‘I like hunting so it should be allowed to continue so there’. These articles are characterised by the number of times they are ‘economical with the truth’ for example ‘without the corrida, this breed of bull would cease to exist.’ Well this statement can be likened to an inevitable by-product of keeping bulls because of the practice of ‘Recortadores de toros’ in which the bulls are the stars and are known by name. The people involved do not ponce about in elaborate costumes facing bulls weakened by pain, shock and blood loss but display real courage as can be seen here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1L-8xLI_5c
    or in the Camargue style
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDLd1rRqcUk
    Moreover it has a history that goes back to the Bronze Age
    http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Arts/Minoan/BullJumping.jpg

    • Lawrence James.

      So does torture and, human sacrifice.

      • Shorne

        And?

        • Lawrence James.

          I might add public executions – how you must miss those, although you could not bet against the outcome.

          • Sanctimony

            I would certainly pay to see yours… preferably the Full Monty… hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn….

          • mahatmacoatmabag

            Or tossed off of a roof in Gaza by his pals in Hamas

          • red2black

            Mis-read that the first time. (tee hee)

          • Sanctimony

            I think it might be intentional… and which would be the worse fate ?

          • red2black

            ‘tossed off of a roof’, or ‘tossed off on a roof’?
            The first one.

          • Shorne

            What a stupid thing to say when I am opposing an activity where a living creature is publicly tortured, can you explain yourself?

          • Lawrence James.

            My apologies: my observation was directed towards ‘Sanctimony’ and has been confusingly placed: I find cyber communication puzzling.

          • Shorne

            No problem, I find having a teenager or somebody even younger to consult is invaluable.

          • Lawrence James.

            Indeed it is.

      • Sanctimony

        Of which, sadly, you have not been a victim ….

  • flaxensaxon

    Keeping a breed of bull going, just to torment and torture it to death is totally wrong.

    • Tamerlane

      Rather defeats the object don’tcha think?

  • Jennifer White

    Bullfighting is a cowardly “sport”. It’s a violent, bloody spectacle in which the bulls always lose – a throwback to a time when people knew nothing of animals’ emotions and the bull was an object of torment for boys who wanted to boost their ego and impress their fellows. Today, we recognise that it is not fair to pit a skilled, practiced, sword-wielding matador against an unwilling, confused, maimed, psychologically tormented and physically debilitated bull. From the moment he enters the ring from the dark alleyway into the blinding light, the bull does not stand a chance – much like the Christians who were thrown to the lions. It is not a fair fight.

    • Sanctimony

      In which the bulls always lose… tell that to Joselito, Manolete or Chicuelo…. three of the greatest ever bullfighters… Two killed by bulls and the third humiliated by one…

      Personally I would prefer to take my chances in the bullring than wait in line in an halal abattoir for a cruel and undignified death.

      At least these bulls run free range from birth to maturity and after their fighting deaths are eaten by mankind…

      • right1_left1

        Carry like this and you will be claiming before long that bullfighting is not as bad as the holocaust.

        • Sanctimony

          A fatuous, objectionable and futile comment.

      • red2black

        You’re relying far too much on ‘whataboutery’ as it’s called hereabouts.

      • AHR

        You forget the “indulto” where the bull, at the request of the public after a brave fight is sometimes returned to the fields he came from after having been looked after by veterinarians. He lives out his life in the company of several cows.

    • It is not intended to be a fair fight, as that’s not what it is about.

      It is a ritual, that demonstrates the skill and bravery of the man against the brute strength and bravery also of the bull. The aim is to run the animal, to dominate and control it, but not to fight it. As I said, this is not a contest between matched equals.

      • Lawrence James.

        Brute against brute – except that one brute, the bull, would not wish to be part of the contest. Crawl back to the dark ages from which you should never have emerged, Better still, become a gladiator and provide entertainment for other sadistic voyeurs.

        • Sanctimony

          The size of your brain is matched only by the size of your p…s

          • Lawrence James.

            As ever, the loser of an argument falls back on insults and rather childish ones at that.

        • Tamerlane

          How do you know the bull doesn’t want to be part of the contest? Bullfights I’ve been to it’s very much up for it. You haven’t a clue. You attach human emotions to animals because you lack emotional intelligence and it’s thus your best fit. That’s your problem, leave the rest of us out of it.

          • red2black

            The bull is goaded and provoked into being part of the ritual drama. Bullfighters aren’t.

          • AHR

            Where in heaven´s name did you get that info ?
            Bullfighters are verbally goaded and provoked …by the public.

      • right1_left1

        The problem is the ‘brute strength’ of the bull is almost eliminated before the matador (translation killer) enters the ring.

        • Nope, the bull is tired, but not to the point of exhaustion, by the first part of the ritual, and then the neck is weakened so that it will droop down for the sword. However, when the Matador enters the arena for act three, he still faces a very powerful and angry beast that is more than capable of killing him – just look at the numbers who do get killed.

          • right1_left1

            ‘tired’ ? I bet if I stuck needles under you finger nails you would not describe yourself as tired.
            Defenders of bull abuse are descending into ‘stupid soddery’

          • No, we are just people who don’t want to introduce the bull running to Britain, but have no objection if the Hispanic world keeps them. If you do not like the spectacle then do not go to the ring.

            You might also stop trying to tell the rest of us how to live and what to do. Join our tolerant gang, and then you too can smile at all those who engage in sanctimonious gittery.

          • right1_left1

            The sensor has ridden into town…again !

          • right1_left1

            I gave specific examples of the damage ‘tolerance’ has done to UK
            See the Relijun of Piece.
            I included a demolition of the’ dont go if you dont like’ POV.
            I mentioned what would be still occuring had it been applied consistantly.
            Bear baiting and male chicken combat as examples.

            Why the post was removed I do not know
            I know now That’s why I refer to chicken combat

        • AHR

          Eliminated ? How ? where? by whom ? where to you get all this nonsense ?

    • chasdf

      Bullfighting might be cruel but I don’t think many cowards would dare get in the ring.

      • Lawrence James.

        Brave men do not prove their valour by torturing animals to death before crowds of mindless sadists. What is fascinating about your comment is your claim to ‘think’.

        • Sanctimony

          What is fascinating about your comment is your inability to think.

          • Lawrence James.

            Humbug might be a better pseudonym than Sanctimony. By the way, do brave men need pseudonyms ?

          • Sanctimony

            Do brave men need blank avatars?

          • Lawrence James.

            Do you mean images ?

    • Tamerlane

      Whatever you may think of bullfighting it ain’t cowardly.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Yet another ghastly attempt to defend the indefensible. Are you alright in the head?
        But then you know everything about cowardice you paid shill.

        • Tamerlane

          We’ve had this conversation before, we;re all cowards on here oh brave one, that’s why we hide behind false names, unless you’re so brave you want to share your real name with us all oh tough guy. Go for it.

          • Lawrence James.

            I do: what about you lurking behind a name of a man who is a byword for brutality ?

          • Tamerlane

            And my name’s John Smith.

          • Lawrence James.

            Really: then why not use it ?

          • Tamerlane

            Cotton on earlier Lawrence before people change all their posts and you’ll be bang in there.

          • Lawrence James.

            I can’t catch your drift: a drop more tonic/water might not be amiss.

          • Tamerlane

            No, not really, he’s changed his original post, until then the ‘drift’ was pretty straightforward.

      • right1_left1

        I might agree that bull fighting is not cowardly if…

        The bull had not had barbs stuck into it’s neck (Banderillas)
        Had not had lances drilled into it’s neck (wielded by Picadors)
        and most important
        A bull showed the capacity to learn that the cape is a distraction.

        Then I would agree that a matador showed true bravery
        Unpleasent still but bravery nevertheless.

        • Tamerlane

          It’s one of those ones like fox hunting where you’re either in one camp or the other, there’s no middle ground. You’re in yours, I’m in mine. Let it be.

          • red2black

            Perhaps it’s not as simple as that. I’m a townie who believes farmers and others when they say that foxes can do a lot of damage and are regarded as a pest. If so, a lot of people think that foxes should be killed humanely, as and when necessary. There has been evidence of foxes being bred for Hunts. A marksman who was employed to cull deer in Scotland told me he disagreed with fox-hunting and that there was no real reason foxes couldn’t be killed humanely.

          • right1_left1

            Pathetic copout.

          • Tamerlane

            It is indeed.

          • Lawrence James.

            Why ?

          • Lawrence James.

            No: what is right and decent cannot be diluted in such a shallow way,. By the way, I wholly approve of fox-hunting as a means of eliminating vermin.

        • Lawrence James.

          The bravery of so many winners of the VC who were decorated for rescuing wounded men ? Beside them the matador is a swaggering bravado who fights with the odds on his side.

        • AHR

          The banderillas are not stuck in the neck.
          Lances are not drilled into its neck.
          Speak to someone who really knows what the corrida is about, After that you have earned the right to comment about a bullfight……..knowledgeably

          • right1_left1

            http://www.stopbullfighting.org.uk/facts.htm

            Just as you have a thick head a bull has a thick neck.
            The object of the banderillas and the picador’s lance is to weaken the neck muscles of the bull

            I think you should confine your activities to bullying your younger sister !

      • red2black

        It’s on a par with bomb disposal?

        • Tamerlane

          No, it’s on a par with bullfighting.

          • red2black

            I see. So much further down the scale. I can understand the bravery and skills of bullfighters, and there are styles of bullfighting that allow bullfighters to display their courage and skills that leave the bull unharmed.

          • AHR

            Often neither suffer…

          • Lawrence James.

            Obviously not; Bomb disposal serves a useful purpose, bull-fighting does not beyond providing a grotesque please for grotesque people.

          • Tamerlane

            Lazy.

          • Lawrence James.

            Like your brain.

          • Tamerlane

            You just wrote below to someone else – ‘As ever, the loser of an argument falls back on insults and rather childish ones at that.’

            So that makes me the winner then. Thanks for that.

    • Zalacain

      While I think it is fair to decry cruelty in bullfighting, your amazing ignorance on the subject does you no favours. It is not a sport and it is not cowardly.

    • AHR

      You have no idea what you´re spewing about. Go to a corrida one day with a Spaniard who can explain all the whys and why nots and you fears,doubts and hates. THEN come here and comment.Until then dont try to add fuel to something you are ignorant about.

    • Sanctimony

      Your utterly specious description of bullfighting underlines your overall ignorance.

  • Chris McLaughlin

    I won’t argue that bull fighting is not cruel – of course it’s cruel, that’s the whole point. It is a particular type of cruelty which gives the spectators pleasure. However we use animals all the time to give us pleasure – we eat them, we wear their skins, we wear their furs, we eat their eggs, we drink their milk, we breed them and hold them captive as pets, we test drugs on them, we hunt them, we enslave them as workers in airports, sheep fields and to assist the blind etc. If you don’t like bull fighting that’s fine – but unless you are a vegan who uses no modern medicines then you are a hypocrite.

    • greencoat

      It is surely possible to discern the difference between killing an animal for food and then using its skin for clothing and footwear (things we all need), and slowly torturing an animal to death for fun or because its fur or plumage looks ‘glamorous’.

      • Chris McLaughlin

        Not at all. There are perfectly functioning alternatives for food, for clothes, for scientific research. We use animals in these circumstances because we choose to. If we choose to torture them for our pleasure as opposed to some other passtime I don’t see the difference.

        • Lawrence James.

          What was your rank in the SS ?

          • Sanctimony

            Do you eat meat…. do you wear leather or plastic shoes… do you take modern medicines when your health fails… do you use insecticides… do you etc etc etc etc….

            For every beagle that puffs a cigarette, your worthless existence is prolonged …

          • red2black

            There’s so many bad things around: why bother trying to put a stop to any of them?

          • Lawrence James.

            I am a pipe-smoker. Are you by any chance an American rather than an English fool ?

          • mahatmacoatmabag

            Social Services ?

          • Lawrence James.

            No the nasty chaps in black uniforms.

          • Tamerlane

            Bingo! Godwin’s law!

          • Lawrence James.

            Who on earth was Godwin and what was his law ? Given the tone of your remarks, I rather think it was not the philosopher or the 11th century Earl of Wessex. Enlighten me, please.

          • Tamerlane

            Google.

          • Godwin’s Law states that the longer an internet discussion continues, the more inevitable it will be for one poster to compare another to the Nazis.

            The 1st Corollary to Godwin’s Law has it that when someone does that – as you did – then they automatically lose the debate.

            The 2nd Corollary states that the first only applies if the cry “Godwin’s Law” is given.

          • Lawrence James.

            This cannot apply if the debate is on 20th century European history of subjects touching upon race: Laws are absolute.

      • Sanctimony

        I believe that the Spanish fighting bulls which are killed in the bullring live a free range life on the Spanish plains from birth to maturity….

        When killed in the bullring, their meat is butchered for human consumption and their skins etc also used for other human requisites…

        A better life than all the veal calves and other domestic livestock consumed by all the politically correct tw*ts who post on these blogs…

        I’m sick to death of all the hypocritical kunz who seek to blind us with their self-righteous indignation and whose greatest thrill in life will probably be a jodrell in the Stoke Newington public baths after a skinny latte in Starbucks….

        • red2black

          Opposition to traditional bullfighting includes many among the type of people you describe, but it seems they are only a small part of a much broader opposition.

    • Lawrence James.

      Cruelty which gives pleasure ? Isn’t that a form of perversion ?

      • red2black

        You’re confusing it with marriage.

        • Lawrence James.

          Speak for yourself.

          • red2black

            Lighten up a bit. Only a jest.

          • Lawrence James.

            I too was jesting,

  • Just as Britain gave football to a large part of the world, so Spain left the bullrings throughout Latin-America. If you want to see the runs at their best, then la Plaza de Toros, Mexico, is the place to be. Over 60,000 people on a good day, with bulls that tend to be smaller than their Spanish counterparts, but far more agile.

  • Tamerlane

    ‘Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.’

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Bullfighting is a sordid violent anachronism. Like you.

    • right1_left1

      Honour has been revealed to have some odd interpretations.
      See those women who are attacked, sometimes killed, in order to maintain family honour !!!

      • Tamerlane

        Don’t be silly.

        • Lawrence James.

          That’s you prerogative as the voice of the stupidity..

          • Tamerlane

            Again, grow up.

    • red2black

      Google images ‘bulls and horses injured in bullfighting’.
      Please explain to me what’s ‘honourable’ about them.

      • Tamerlane

        Ask Ernest Hemmingway.

        • red2black

          You mean read ‘Death In The Afternoon’?

          • Sanctimony

            Great book; not a novel, but a great exploration of bullfighting… suicide was… and still is… in the Hemingway genes.

        • right1_left1

          clearly Hemingway had major problems He shot himself.
          It is not recorded whether this was due to his support of bull fighting !

      • AHR

        Haven´t seem them therefore will not comment.
        Have you seen the injuries inflicted by fighting bulls to each other in fights that happen during the mating season ? you should.

    • AHR

      Finally some sense ! not much of it here.,with a few exceptions I must admit.

  • Malcolm Stevas

    An interesting article which taught me a few things. I’m not an afficionado but the corrida is an ancient, deeeply entrenched part of Latin/European culture – I’d have visited a Feria in my part of France recently but had to return to UK and just missed it… Predictably, the cultural aspect is ignored by the usual drove of shrill “animal lib” fans shrieking their venomous slogans here as they do everywhere: thuggish bossy philistine yobs masquerading as defenders of the animal world.

    • red2black

      The last gasp of the tiniest remnants of bull worship and sacrifice referenced all the way back to things like Mithraism and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    • Lawrence James.

      Sorry you missed your thrill. Burning witches,baiting bulls, and human sacrifice have been part of ‘Latin/European culture’, but this does not justify their preservation. It is clear that the great intellectual and scientific enlightenment of the 18th century has passed you by.

      • Malcolm Stevas

        Ah, human sacrifice linked to the corrida! Par for the course among the fraternity of self-appointed saviours of the animal kingdom. Your grasp of ethics, morality and logic are on the same level as your understanding of history.

        • Lawrence James.

          Thank you for proving my point by a statement of breath-taking stupidity emanating from a tightly closed mind. I was right to notice your unawareness of the Enlightenment in all its forms. Man has been emerging from primordial barbarism and one feature of his progress has been the acceptance that authority, irrespective of whether it derives from God, gives those who exercise it, responsibility. Our control over animals requires the same care as that over humans: you may find this idea put forward by Aquinas and many others, Why not read some Voltaire, its not too demanding. On the moral relation between man and animals Sir Keith Thomas’s ‘Man and the Natural World’ useful, but as one who claims a superior knowledge of such matters, you’ll probably have read it.

          • Malcolm Stevas

            I doubt you’ve read the weighty works you cite, given your mediocre command of syntax & punctuation. But perhaps you derive your certainties from God, who might not care about syntax…

          • Lawrence James.

            [ 1 ] Your doubts are are baseless.
            [ 2 ] Questionable asides about the expression of my arguments do not invalidate them.
            [ 3 ] I do not base my ‘certainties’ on scripture, although I am well aware of its influence on Western thinking.
            [ 4 ] I look forward, vainly I suspect, to reading your rationally considered criticism of the points I have raised. Take your time,for you have much reading to do.

          • Malcolm Stevas

            Ah, “questionable” is so damning, even more so than “baseless”. Use these words again at parties, if you’re ever invited.

          • Lawrence James.

            I shall, I am frequently but my hosts/hostesses are not at home to Mr Rude. So I won’t encounter the likes of you.

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            [5] You’re gay.

          • Lawrence James.

            No. Are you ?

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            [6] Denier.

          • Lawrence James.

            What can one say in response to such idiocy.

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            [7] Nutter.

          • Lawrence James.

            Are

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            [8] Toilet boy.

          • AHR

            and what if he were ? bothers you ? trying out an insult ?

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            Your inferiority complex is massive.

          • AHR

            You shouldn’t make statements like that when you dont know me…Regardless I had a jolly good chuckle.Thank you for that.

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            I know your kind, toilet boy.

          • AHR

            Really ? well you got it wrong. Cheers

          • Give our God Immortal Praise

            I don’t think so. Fact.

          • right1_left1

            Mr James: it’s quite obvious you are arguing wih a simpleton !
            To make understanding certain I mean Mr Stevas is a simpleton.

          • Lawrence James.

            So it appears.

  • right1_left1

    I’m disappointed,( though I dont know why given humans attitude to the suffering of others,) at those who support bullfighting.
    It is a cruel callous sadistic depraved spectacle..

    I believe I am right in saying the the horses in the ring are rendered voiceless so their terrified ‘screams’ cannot be heard.
    Maybe the sadists who support bull fighting would agree to the removal of that cover that stops horses being regularly disembowelled. ?

    • You are wrong about the horses. They are trained to withstand the charge of half a ton of beefburger on legs, and are so well padded that the horns do not hurt them.

      • red2black
        • Rather sweet of you to go to all that trouble, but such a pity that the story you quote does not actually agree with your claim. The padding did not fail, had it done so the horse would not have got up, would it?

          Sometimes the horseman get it wrong, which is what seems to have happened in 2014 when these photos were taken. He should have been closer to the barrier and his foot is too far up the bull’s neck.

          We all make mistakes.

          • red2black

            We all make mistakes. More’s the pity when they’re manufactured ones.

          • AHR

            ” More’s the pity when they’re manufactured ones.” Please explain. Thank you.

        • AHR

          The padding did not fail. The horse was able to stand with the help of his carers and certainly taken away to be checked. If you took a minute to check the bulls´horn they are bloodless…no blood on the horns, no goring. WRONG AGAIN.

    • rob232

      That’s something you find in old tourist guides. Of course it’s not true.

    • AHR

      I met the man who, very many years ago, came up with the protection for the horse so they would not be hurt and / or disemboweled.The horses are almost totally covered by several extremely thick pieces of padding the keep them from getting gored. The horses are not rendered voiceless as you state and are wrong once again.
      Maybe one day you would like to view a video I was sent. It shows, in graphic detail, how cows,pigs,sheep,lambs are slaughtered and how they are treated before their deaths…

  • Lizzy

    Bullfighting has previously been described as ‘sport’ but, in recognition of the fact that a sport requires willing participants, it’s now being categorised as a ‘spectacle’. This is indicative of a conscience that realises it’s wholly unfair to the bull. Breeding animals purely for the spectacle of seeing them killed is hardly honourable. If humans want to prove their bravery and provide a spectacle for others, then I would advocate humans fighting each other to the death. But the outrage that this would cause would render it impermissible in today’s PC world. The default is always ‘lets use animals, they can’t complain or fight us in the courts’.

    • JGOddard

      Not correct. Bullfighting has never been described, by the Spanish, as a sport. Reports of corridas have always appeared in newspapers in the arts section, alongside opera and theatre.

      • Little Black Censored

        Bullfighting is ceremonious, almost liturgical, and shows enormous respect for the bull. There is a close parallel with foxhunting, and it should be encouraged to continue for the same reasons.

      • Lizzy

        I live in Spain, I speak to and know Spanish people. Some describe it as you indicate, some describe it as a sport, some describe it in much worse terms. To be so absolutist in your statement (‘never’) is, in my experience of Spain and its people, wrong.

  • Ingmar Blessing

    It’s ok, soon we’re going to have Christians back in the arena.

    • red2black

      Bullfighters are Christians, along with almost everyone else involved.

    • Lizzy

      Why limit it to Christians? We should let anybody that fancies the challenge of fighting to the death to do so.

      • Little Black Censored

        I think the bulls should be replaced by hunt saboteurs, ramblers and social justice cyclists.

        • Lizzy

          Again, why limit it so narrowly (and I don’t think many matadors would fare well against some of the most violent hunt saboteurs)? Anybody who fancies their chances in a duel (or more) to the death, should be allowed to do so.

  • plainsdrifter

    I rather wonder how a matador would fare against an African buffalo. Not well, I think.

    • right1_left1

      He wouldnt do very well against a Bull if it had not been severely tormented .and tortured before he struts into view.

      • AHR

        The bulls are allowed to be seen by the public after they have been unloaded the day before and if I am not mistaken the same can happen the morning of the corrida.There is no torment nor torture, If one should wound another in a fight between themselves, that bull is removed and replaced, after inspection by a vet. The bull entering the ring is free of wounds. Your comment proves you know NOTHING about the corrida.

  • Give our God Immortal Praise

    Weird that nearly all those who oppose bull fighting generally tend to support abortion. Talk about twisted values.

    • red2black

      It’s the entertainment value.

    • Freddythreepwood

      Ah! But if abortion became a spectator sport, they would oppose it. They hate the idea of people enjoying themselves.

  • SeaNote

    Bring back elephant fighting, while they still have tusks.

  • NormanWells

    The bulls live at least as well as any I’ve owned. They go down fighting. Which is likely their strongest instinct. The death isn’t barbaric compared to how they would die in the wild, if Cape Buffalo are any indication. This breed, growing to about 1100 pounds in 4 years, isn’t suitable for meat production. Nor milking, although that would be entertaining to watch people opposed to fighting trying to.

  • John

    It would be interesting to see how “brave” these matadors are if they were deprived of their swords and the bull was allowed to enter the arena without any prior injuries. I predict that the “sport” would die out in 5 minutes. Good riddance to this revolting spectacle.

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