Bullfighting: An Atrocity, Not a Sport

Torture

In a typical bullfight, the bull enters an arena and is approached by men on blindfolded horses who drive lances into his back and neck, which impairs his ability to lift his head. Then, more men enter on foot and proceed to distract the bull and dart around him while plunging banderillas – bright sticks with harpoon points on their ends – into his back. When the bull has become weakened from blood loss, finally, the matador appears and, after provoking a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, tries to kill the bull with his sword. If he misses, succeeding only in further mutilating the animal, an executioner is called in to stab the exhausted animal to death.

The dagger is supposed to cut the animal’s spinal cord, but even this cruel stroke can be botched, leaving the bull conscious but paralysed as he is chained by his horns and dragged out of the arena. If the crowd is happy with the matador, the bull’s ears and tail are cut off and presented as a trophy.

Every year, more than 40,000 animals are massacred in this way in Spain’s bullrings, as part of a barbaric tradition that has no place in the modern world.

Read @ PETA

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