When Will Spanish People Protest The Killing Of Bulls For Entertainment?
HWH Comment: What Spaniards should be praying for is the survival of the bull, which can only happen if bullfighting is outlawed. Don’t call on your God to keep you safe while you mutilate a defenseless animal for the sheer pleasure of it, in the presence of cheers by those who paid to witness it.
The Spanish, for all their fast talking, fast moving ways, put money over enslavement, torture and slaughter.
Where’s your courage to change Spain? How one can enjoy and even celebrate the brutally slow death of any beast proves Spain’s perverse nature at its core. National entertainment?
Spain says, ‘hey we wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t an interest by foreigners to experience vicariously the mutilation of a defenseless animal absent an escape route in a stadium.’
WAKE UP SPAIN to your dirty deeds, always blaming tourists for the perverse pleasures that you aim to please. You, and you alone, decided to engage in torture and slaughter; no one forced your hand. Are you so lacking in principles, that you’ll supply anyone whatever they want as long as they pay you for it?
Spain’s perversity needs to end, instead of finding an outlet with which to express that perversity.
Spain moved from torturing humans in the stadium to torturing other animals and called it progress.
No, it was not progress. When the barbaric actions against any species stops, that will be progress. Switching species is a copout, a coward’s way of keeping torture alive.
To satisfy the sadistic urges of foreigners, because there’s money in it is corruption at its core. No respect.
Spain celebrates what they call the ‘fine art of torture’, which means they are savage human beings. Just the fact that they call it art, demonstrates their total lack of empathy for those beings they claim to be inferior to humans.
Spanish arrogance is the cause of their collective extreme discrimination.
Discrimination leads to enslavement, leads to torture, leads to slaughter if left unchecked. Spain proved the continuum from the paradigm of FIVE PRINCIPLES TO A BETTER LIFE.
CHANGE THAT CULTURE
MADRID (AP) — The shrieks of fear-infused excitement as bulls charge through the streets of many Spanish towns during wildly popular summer festivals echo in sharp contrast to the number of people who have died after being gored this year.
Bull runs may be a beloved spectacle for locals and visitors in thousands of summer festivals across Spain, but this year’s macabre, record-tying toll of eight deaths has politicians and animal rights defenders heaping much criticism on the practice.
There were no fatalities or injuries in Atanzón when revelers on foot and on horseback recently ran with the rampaging animal. But last week in Alalpardo, less than an hour’s drive away, a steer fatally gored a 60-year-old man.
A week earlier a 73-year-old French woman who was a regular in bull events died in the eastern town of Beniarbeig after being gored in the chest. Six men were fatally gored in other Valencia festivals and more than 380 participants have been injured. The season doesn’t end until November.
Despite the concern, authorities appear at a loss as to what additional safety measures they can take.
Valencia regional government Deputy President Aitana Mas has left the door open to debate whether to prohibit these kinds of fiestas, saying that the current legislation is “not enough.”
Only a few villages have canceled such festivals. Tavernes de la Valldigna is one that has, and sees it as a matter of staying in step with its policy of defending animal rights.
“I hope our decision brings further into the streets the debate and leads to the end of this tradition,” Mayor Sergi González told The Associated Press, even as he acknowledged the tradition’s deep cultural roots.
While the public debate in Spain has largely focused on the loss of human lives, activists are demanding a total ban on events where animals are used for entertainment.
Animal rights groups are particularly opposed to events they say are deliberately more cruel to the animals, such as when cotton balls are lit on the horns of bulls or when the animal is forced into the sea and is then brought back to shore.
Events known in the Valencian dialect as “Bous al carrer,” (Bulls on the street) involve bulls or calves released into the streets to waiting crowds who try to provoke them into charging.
Alejandro Cano, President of Defense of Bous al Carrer Associations doesn’t see cause any for alarm, telling the AP that the casualties are “part of the festival.”
Some bulls are fought and killed by matadors but most return to their farms.
According to the Culture Ministry, some 2,700 such spectacles were held last year. The amount was reduced compared to a regular season due to some pandemic restrictions still in place. In 2019, there were 17,000. This year around 9,000 are expected to take place until the end of November.
Pamplona’s San Fermin running of the bulls, immortalized by Literature Nobel Prize winner and novelist Ernest Hemingway, is the prime event but there has not been a death there in 13 years. Safety measures, public investment and the professionalism of the runners are unmatched in any other smaller Spanish festival.