Bullfighting is called a sport, or sometimes even an art. It is neither. It is animal cruelty disguised as entertainment. Ever wonder why the bull never wins? Spectators are led to believe the matadors are actually risking their lives. In reality, the bull has already been crippled and subdued in several ways and doesn't stand a chance against its opponents.
Several hours before the fight, the bull is kept in a stall, deprived of light and water. They are separated from other bulls. This is traumatic for them as bulls are naturally herd animals. Many bullfighters have reported that the bulls are also beaten and injured prior to being released into the ring. Their horns are also sometimes shaved. This involves sawing off a few inches of the horns. Bulls depend on their horns to help them navigate and shaving impairs their ability to do this. Shaving is illegal, but many get away with it.
Bulls are sometimes stabbed and wounded before being released in the ring. After being released, he may be taunted by a group of humans who will frustrate him by forcing him to run in circles and collide.
Men called picadors approach the exhausted bull on horseback These men drive lances into the bull's neck and back, resulting in more injuries and blood loss and disabling him from lifting his neck or head. Picadors are usually not injured. Any injuries inflicted by the confused, exhausted bull are usually to the picador's horse.
The matador appears next and provokes the injured, dying bull in to weak charges. He will attempt to kill the bull with a sword but it usually only results in injuring him and resulting in more pain and blood loss. During the final stage, an executioner is called in to kill the bull by slashing his spinal cord. This is for the benefit of the audiences, and sometimes the effort is not enough to kill the bull. It's not uncommon for a tortured, paralyzed, conscious bull to be tied by his horns and dragged from the ring.
Bullfighting is illegal in the United States, but US tourists greatly contribute to the practice by attending bullfights in other countries.
What you can do:
Boycott countries where bullfighting is legal.
Contact government officials in countries where bullfighting is legal. If you are a resident, let them know you're opposed to bullfighting.
If you're not a resident, let them know you are a potential tourist and will not be visiting their country until this cruel practice is outlawed.
Make sure they are aware of the cruelties involved in bullfighting. Let them know that it disturbs you enough that you will not visit these countries until this "sport" is outlawed.
If you must visit countries where bullfighting is legal, do not attend bullfights.
The Extreme Cruelty of Bullfighting
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