Friday, September 17, 2010

Bullfighting= Killing Defenseless, Frightened Animals

Up until this year, I have always thought bull-fighting was simply waving a red flag in front of a cow in order to get it to attack. And I thought it was a sport because it was the flag-waver's goal to maneuver himself out of harm's way.

I was so wrong.

Bullfighting is not only cruelty, it is "the most indefensible type of animal abuse" according to SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness). It is an intentional torturing of frightened animals who have no way out of their painful and slow death. Bullfighting involves confusing and frightening the bull so that a matador or several man stab or pierce through the bull's body with sharp weaponry each time there is an opportunity.. until ultimately the bull dies somehow, perhaps bleeding to death.

Bullfighting is not heroic, it is cowardly. According to SHARK, only 10 bullfighters have been killed worldwide in bullfighting for the last 50 years, but the number of bulls that are killed are unimaginable.
Bullfighting is a "blood sport" which ritually kills bulls as a public spectable in regions of Spain, Portugal, southern France, and some Latin American countries ( 

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The "sport" was condemned by the pope in 1567, and one cardinal by the name of John Henry Newman stated: "Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God...there is something so dreadful, so satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power."

See this video of Patricia De León, Latina actress and former Miss Panama, who urges boycotting of bullfighting.

Please spread the word. If you live in a country that practices bullfighting, please listen to your kind, humane heart by not attending or giving monetary support to bullfighting associations.


1 comment:

  1. I'm with you! If the "sport" was simply a man facing a bull and trying to avoid it, that would be okay. Maybe even a good show to watch. But the stabbing is horrible.

    PS - My mom was very afraid of cows. On her way home from school one day she cut through the pasture near her home (she lived on a farm). She claims a cow chased her home and she was afriad of them ever since. The cow probably just wanted her to pet it--but she was little and frightened.