On Holy Saturday afternoon, while having a rest in the hotel room after a long day before going out to the Easter Vigil, I was flipping through the channels on the TV and happened across a live telecast of bullfighting. It was truly awful. An animal in its prime is basically tortured to death in the name of “sport” or “entertainment” or “art”. It is none of these.
Bullfighting is cruel, inhumane and barbaric. It is surprising that such a practice is allowed to be continued. If you want to read more about it, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torero which describes the roles of
1. matador de toros (literally, “killer of bulls”) who entices the bull to charge his cape,
2. the picador on horseback who lances the bull’s neck to lower the neck, along with blood loss and fatigue, and
3. the banderillero who places barbed flags in the bull’s neck.
And crowds come to watch this awful spectacle repeated over and over during an afternoon, as each exhausted, tortured bull is finally dispatched with a coup de grace and the matador de toros rewarded with the ears as a trophy.