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13'000 Bulls killed for 'sport' in Spain each year

Sat 21st Jul 2012
13'000 Bulls killed for 'sport' in Spain each year

The photograph depicts the end of the career of reknowned Matador Torero Alvaro Munera. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights.

Torero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: "And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth."

Late last week, following the last of the Pamplona bull-running fiestas for this year, camaign group "Four Paws" called for an end to such 'Blood Sports' in Spain.

This year's fiestas at Pamplona resulted in 22 injuries and the deaths of 42 Bulls.

With an average of 13'000 Bulls killed every year in Spain at bullfights and bull-runs, it is little wonder that the country has a shameful reputation for animal cruelty.

What is even more surprising is that with a reported 80% of the population being against such cruelty, the 'tradition' is allowed to continue to favour the whim of the minority.

Comment on this Story

Everytime I read about some goring a Bull running event, or some seriously maimed Matador, I am consumed with a lack of sympathy for anyone that would deliberately put themselves in harm's way. Not only that, but they put the well being of an animal behind their own quest for entertainment.
Catchpole - Sat, 13th Jul 2013
As a vegetarian this sickens me. It is one thing to kill a healthy animal to provide food for the hungry, but another thing altogether to kill one for nothing more than sport.
Cynthia Porter - Wed, 24th Oct 2012

Statistically that works back to the death of 1 Bull for every 3'690 head of population in Spain, or to put it another way, 35 Bull being killed for Sport in Spain each day of the year.

An average sized cow can also produce enough Beef to feed 1'400 people - meaning that 1.8 million people 'could' have been fed instead of chosing for these animals to die for a sport rather than for a practical commerical purpose.

Mr Grumpy - Mon, 23rd Jul 2012

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