Monday, September 26, 2011
Blood Sport On The Way Out - The Long Overdue Demise of Bullfighting
And the bull walked around Ole!
Sept. 25, 2011
Applauded by PETA, other animal rights organizations worldwide, and civilized nations generally, the Spanish province of Catalonia has officially banned bullfighting. The ban, opposed by matadors, blood-thirsty spectators, fight promoters and breeders, marks the first serious inroad into an eventual total ban on the wanton killing of magnificent Spanish bulls, bred solely for the purpose of being publicly slaughtered.
For the present, bull fights still can be staged in other parts of Spain, especially in the Moorish dominated south, including Andalucia and the cities of Seville, Cordoba and Cadiz, plus dozens of smaller Spanish towns and of course Pamplona. But Catalonia's move puts mounting pressure on these other regions to ban the brutal spectacle, too.
Hailed internationally by "tough guy" writers such as Ernest Hemingway, the so-called sport, in which the bull's only fate is to die in the end, bull fighting's opponents are succeeding in marshaling international opinion against the spectacle and the Spanish government is under increasing international pressure to end the practice, throughout the nation.
Viva el Toro.