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Bullfighting: culture?

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TESTO ITALIANO 

 

On one hand, there is the opposition of all animal welfare groups worldwide. On the other, there is the fear, the anguish, that the “Bullfighting empire” will be shattered and collapse forever. Animal-rights activists and all civilised people rightly believe that this industry of blood and death, the undignified spectacle offered to uninformed tourists, only hides the economic interests falsely concealed by the word “culture”, a word that the intellectual Mafia desperately repeats over and over again. Culture? Why is the National Commission (for the bullfighting business), despite the intervention of animal-rights activists, preparing a national plan to save bullfighting? And why is the Spanish government declaring a law to re-establish and protect bullfighting as national cultural heritage, while undermining the intelligence, mental development and modern spirit of the Spanish people who care very little about this stupid and tragic “enactment”?

In this law (18/2013 of 12 November 2013), the terms “cultural” and “culture” are repeated thirty times; culture is clung onto by the lords of bullfighting for purely economic reasons, to obtain the grant from the government which annually allocates € 571 million, and European Commission funding, € 129 million through the Common Agricultural Policy.

 

 

 - Agenda del Pianeta Terra

Among the festivities of the arena – the music, colours, the “picas” and little flags, the sword and the knife – the bull, unmoving, undergoes a slow agony.

Beside him, the horse dies, his belly ripped open under the quilt. The “matador”, heroic and victorious, bows to the crowd, who applaud.

It’s the end of the final act of a Spanish bullfight that some continue to define as an expression of art, culture, or folklore.

 

The bull

Before entering the arena

 

* He is kept in the dark, given drugs and purgatives to weaken his strength.

* He is beaten on the lower back with sandbags

* Turpentine is sprinkled on his legs to prevent it from standing still

* Vaseline is put in his eyes to cloud his vision

* Stubble is put in his nostrils and throat to prevent him from breathing

* Needles are stuck in his flesh.....

 

When it enters the arena (the show)

 

* He is jabbed with the “picas” or spades by the “picadores”, causing pain and bleeding

* He is stung with the “banderillas” by the “banderilleros”, harpoons that further tear apart the muscles, forcing the animal to lower its head

* He is hit repeatedly with the spade, causing increasingly severe pulmonary haemorrhages which suffocate the animal

 

When it leaves the arena (the end)

 

* He is dragged away, close to death and paralysed, but still conscious.

* Still alive, his tail and ears are cut off as gruesome trophies of an unfair victory

* Then he is slaughtered

 

THE HORSES silent extras

The horses too, which are often old, sick, injured, blindfolded, with their vocal cords cut, are victims of bullfighting.

They are sometimes gutted and quickly stitched up; they are brought into the arena and end up dying without anyone caring for them when they become unusable.

 

 

 

Torturing and killing the bull does not mean – as the official pseudo-culture states – “triumphing over” evil and adverse forces of nature, but means mere SADISM, IGNORANCE, VIOLENCE and BARBARISM.

70% of Spanish people are against bullfights; they are only kept going only by a thousand or so people defined by Spanish animal-rights activity as the MAFIA TAURINA (bullfighting mafia).

This mafia has no qualms in exploiting the suffering of animals and the delicate minds of young people for purely economic purposes. To force these barbaric shows upon Spain, Europe and the world, the “mafia taurina”, hijacks mass-media to present bullfighting as an art, folklore, tradition, myth, ritual, or symbol, by obtaining the approval of the Spanish Government, which is promoting opening BULLFIGHTING SCHOOLS for very young people, who practice on poor calves.

In this “climate”, which aims to create future bullfighters and future spectators in Spain, sometimes Catholic priests try their hand as bullfighters or do propaganda for bullfighting to build or renovate churches for “charity” purposes. Very recently, women are also becoming bullfighters and even a nun has entered the arena.

The impresarios of these horrid shows, in order to revive this endangered market, are even attempting to EXPORT bullfights to Europe, to France, Poland, Italy, and to Russia, Mexico and Argentina, or anywhere where there is no strong opposition.

 

Yet the bull is not a fighting animal, it is a herbivorous animal, bred in pastures up until the age of 4 years, then abruptly transferred into the arena.

And then, there are the bloody Spanish festivals, more than 3,000 year-round.

 

Although prohibited in 1963, they are now encouraged by both civil and religious authorities, and some – considered to be of international interest for tourism – are officially subsidised.

The animals used are cattle, sheep, donkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, geese, etc.

Most of these sadistic town festivals, organised in honor of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the Saints, torture cattle that are no longer usable for bullfights and reproduction, so they are used by farmers and bull merchants to recycle the “waste”.

 

To be remembered:

  

“Toro de la Vega” (September)

A nation of adults and children armed with lances up to 3 metres long, wait for the arrival of the bull to torture and slash him in all directions. A GOLDEN LANCE is awarded by the City Hall to the winner, who is the first cut off the bull’s genitals while he is still alive.

 

“Toro de Coria” (June, Extremadura)

12 bulls are tortured and lynched by an angry mob, 2 per day for 6 days in honor of St. John.

 

“Toro Embolado” (bull with horns of fire)

There are more than 50 provinces of Valencia, Castellan and other regions of Spain.

Small devices with cotton, oil and tar balls are screwed onto the bull’s horns, which are set on fire.

While the animal is going berserk because of the red-hot tar scorching his snout and eyes, it is chased, harassed and beaten by the crowd.

NOTE:

“Institutionalised” violence on animals, i.e. that is accepted, promoted and organised by local authorities, by the government and the European Community, can exacerbate a tendency towards aggressive behaviour to animals and even humans.

The case of bullfights and such festivals is emblematic.

The matter was brought to light by biologist and anthropologist Georges Heuse, author of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (presented to UNESCO in Paris 1978). Prof. Heuse states that public authorities are wrong to impose Spanish bullfighting for tourism, demagogic and economic reasons, ignoring the links between crimes against humans and those against animals. “Indeed, BULLFIGHTING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AN INDICATOR OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT AND BACKWARDNESS”. “Getting a child involved in bullfighting is an obnoxious act that should be punished by law as a crime against said child, who runs the risk of developing cruel and violent inclinations, fatal for his/her mental health”.