by Alexandria Echo Press
July 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
The cruelty of bullfighting has somewhat diminished my long-time enthusiasm for Ernest Hemingway’s works. Continue Reading
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I agree with you, Dennis. Unlike things like hunting and fishing, the only point of bullfighting is to slowly, tortuously kill the bull for the pure pleasure of it.
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When taking Spanish in high school, I learned that ultimately killing the bull requires that the bull’s tendons (I think — maybe muscles, too) in its neck to be cut so that its head will sag and the matador can plunge a sword into the animal’s heart. This is is accomplished by the matador stabbing special weapons into the bull’s neck in specific spots. I believe this is done 4 times or so (or until the bull’s neck finally sags) with the weapons left in the bull’s neck the whole time (probably because they can’t be removed until the animal is dead), causing pain and profuse bleeding.
Unfortunately, bullfighting is backed by people who have very strong feelings of tradition. I can’t imagine it will ever be completely eliminated. Even if banned worldwide, you know there will be underground bullfights.
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