Possible Case for Bullfighting

I suppose the most PC position is to be opposed to bullfighting.

But the same people arguing against bullfighting usually have no problem chowing down on a burger – even though the slaughter-house industrial complex is horrendously unethical.

When I lived in Guadalajara  in the late 1990s, my friends and I went to the bullfights maybe half a dozen times. The audience was all upper-crust Tapatios, and the women were all Vogueing – oddly, it was one of the few venues were women often smoked cigars. The in-crowd.

In Guadalajara, I even saw the 16-year-old sensation of a matador, El Juli, do his thing with the cape. Another thing about Mexico is that bullfights are televised, and so I got to understand quite a bit about this sport. More of a ritual than a sport. When it was on TV, it got my attention. Death in the Afternoon and all that jazz.

I went to the fights 1) because they were going to happen anyway so I might as well learn something and, more importantly, 2) the bulls (unlike their counterparts in slaughterhouses) have a very good chance of injuring or killing a human.

In fact, being a matador is much more dangerous than being a race car driver. I once heard that 10% of matadors either die in the ring, or die because of injuries they received in the ring. The bulls are incredibly smart. The one below fooled the matador into letting him think the bull had passed, then turned to gore. The bull knew exactly what he was doing. The article in the Sun, linked below, also suggests this “the animal ducked and quickly turned direction, piercing Luis David’s groin area before tossing him up in the air.”



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