While public support for the traditional Spanish “sport” of bullfighting has greatly dwindled in recent years, some still view it as an exciting spectacle with few risks. After all, the Matadors are trained “professionals,” and the attraction has been filling arenas for centuries, so it can’t be that bad … right? Think again!
Not only does this twisted tradition involve the extreme exploitation and abuse of innocent bulls, but it’s also highly dangerous for both matadors and spectators. In 2013 alone, around 50 matadors were injured in bullfighting events. And more recently, a matador in northern Spain who had already lost one eye in a 2011 bullfighting show was SCALPED by a bull he was provoking!
Time after time, incidents such as these have shown us exactly why it’s in everyone’s best interest to do away with bullfighting. And yet, we still haven’t learned our lesson, as evidenced by what happened earlier this month at a festival in the city of Estella, Spain. At the crowded festival, someone thought it would be a good idea to let a bull run loose through the streets prior to the animal being taunted in the city’s bullring.
As the disturbingly graphic video footage shows, this didn’t turn out so well after all — the unrestrained bull charged at a festival onlooker, threw the man up into the air with its horns, and then repeatedly gored him on the street until other festival goers finally pulled the animal away by its tail and chased it off.
While some may try to frame the animal as the one at fault in this situation and the countless others in which bulls have injured humans, the fact of the matter is that we have no one to blame but ourselves for such incidents. After all, bulls are wild animals, and we can’t reasonably expect them to react calmly when we willingly choose to force them into captivity and torture them for show. Further, as comedian and animal rights activist Ricky Gervais pointed out, the poor bull at this cruel festival was terrified, as the animal likely sensed that it was about to be taunted and tortured to death. Realistically, what did people expect to happen?
If you agree that it’s time to put an end to this grossly inhumane, nonsensical, and extremely dangerous form of “entertainment,” please share this unfortunate story with everyone in your network to spread awareness about this important yet oft-ignored issue. Bullfighting has already been banned in many nations around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and even parts of Spain. But until the antiquated “sport” is outlawed everywhere, it’s up to us to continue passing along the truth about it!
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