BULLFIGHTING

At the outstart I must state I am no fan of animal mistreatment. In fact, I deplore it. It is for that reason I’ve chosen this topic as a stark example of one of the most heinous acts of animal brutality imaginable. I took these photos not because I was curious, but because I wanted others to the get a sense of the outrage. The images below speak for themselves.

IT BEGINS as MATADOR and BULL ENGAGE

a life and death struggle

MORTALLY WOUNDED BULL

         IN THE END the WOUNDED   ANIMAL SUCUMBS

According to PETA. “Approximately 250,000 bulls die in bullfights.” “It is an inaccurate term for events in which there is very little competition between a nimble, sword-wielding matador … and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated animal. “According to one matador, some of the top performers may “ask breeders to deliberately select placid bulls …. It’s the only way to sustain your energy for the duration of the season.”

Ritualistic Slaughter “Most bullfights are divided into three parts. First, a bull is forced into the arena and taunted by a matador with a cape. The bull is then approached by picadors (men on horses), who drive lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, impairing the bull’s ability to lift his head. They twist and gouge the lances to ensure a significant amount of blood loss. Then come the banderilleros on foot, who proceed to distract and dart around the bull while stabbing the animal with brightly colored darts called banderillas. After blood loss has weakened the bull, the banderilleros run the bull in more circles until he becomes dizzy and stops chasing. In the final act, the matador appears. After using his cape and sword to provoke a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, the matador tries to deliver the death blow,… with his sword. If he misses, succeeding only in further mutilation, an executioner is called in to stab the exhausted animal to death. If the crowd is happy with the matador, the bull’s ears and tail or a hoof may be cut off and presented as a gift. A few minutes later, another bull enters the arena and the sadistic cycle starts again.”

“Pope St. Pius V decreed that “spectacles” such as bullfights are “removed from Christian piety and charity.” He wished that “these cruel and base spectacles of the devil are not of man” they must be abolished and he forbade attendance at them under penalty of excommunication.”

“Barcelona has declared itself “an anti-bullfighting city,” and 38 Catalan municipalities have followed its lead; the last bullring in Barcelona closed in 2006 because of poor attendance. As of January 2012, Catalonia becomes the first Spanish mainland region to officially ban bullfighting, although the final bullfight occurred there in September of 2011 when the “season” ended. The Spanish state broadcasting network, RTVE, no longer broadcasts bullfights because it does not want children exposed to violence against animals.”

“Interest in bullfighting has also declined in Mexico and Portugal, and according to one report, officials in Beijing, China, decided not to build a bullring at a popular tourist destination for “fears of the country’s image.” The photos shown in this photos however, were taken in Mexicali, Mexico. Unfortunately, there are still more than 1,200 government-funded bull ranches and dozens of state-sponsored bullfighting schools in Spain.”

“Bullfights are sadistic acts of animal torture. Innocent bulls are speared, stabbed and die slowly as their blood pour onto the arena floor. And while these animals suffer, sick and morally corrupt crowds cheer the even more sick and vile matadors who perform the executions.

Bulls are not the only creatures to suffer in bullrings. Horses are sometimes attacked by the maddend bull who is experiencing utter agony and lashing out where ever he can. It is not unusual for horses used in bullfights to die as well.

This is the fate of these beautiful animals; to be used to entertain a crowd that lusts for blood and suffering.”

Make no mistake, bullfighting is no sport. There should be an end to this horror show. Unlike bullfighting, sports have rules and the competitors have chosen to participate in them, bulls however, do not..

July 1, 2012

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