Hindus criticize bullfights’ return on Spanish TV

Bullfight in Barcelona, Spain.
Bullfight in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hindus have strongly criticized return of live bullfights to Spanish television after a six-year ban.

Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that instead of thus promoting the barbaric, inhumane, horrendous, cruel and unacceptable practice of bullfighting (corrida); Spain should follow example of its regions Catalonia and Canary Islands and ban the age-old tradition of bullfighting altogether. Spain could easily find other ways to entertain its citizens and visitors, Zed added.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged other countries of the world to outlaw bullfighting practice. European Union should impose a Europe-wide ban on all blood-sports. People, whose jobs were thus affected, should be rehabilitated in other jobs with related training.

Zed stressed that non-violence was a greatest virtue. We had long been out of the caves. Let us get rid of these outdated traditions. World would be a better place without these blood-sports.

Bullfighting was just plain cruelty and unnecessary tormenting and abuse of the animals and not an art form. At its traditional time of six pm in Spain, it was well within the children’s viewing time, Zed pointed out.

Television Espanola reportedly broadcast a live bullfight on Wednesday evening from the northern city of Valladolid. Bullfighting ban took effect in Catalonia from January one this year while it has already been banned in Canary Islands since 1991.

Besides Spain and France, bullfighting is also practiced in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Colombia, and Venezuela. A typical bullfight usually is of 20 minutes in which a bull is stabbed several times before the final blow with a sword pushed between its shoulder blades. Nobel Prize winner author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was reportedly a fan of bullfighting and mentioned this tradition in his work “Death in the Afternoon”.

According to Utrecht (The Netherlands) based CAS International: Every year, more than 250,000 bulls and cows are tortured and killed worldwide during bullfights and similar events.


One comment

  1. Bullfighting (“ROMAN CATHOLIC”): It’s not ART; it’s not CULTURE; it’s not SPORT; it’s “TORTURE.”

    Bullfighting: The most “indefensible and abhorrent” type of animal abuse that IS and always WILL BE; a “Tradition of CRUELTY.”

    Bullfighting is not a fight at all, but a systematic torture-killing that pits a gang of armed thugs wielding razor-sharp barbed spikes, spears, swords and daggers (these weapons are designed to inflict intense pain and cause massive blood loss to weaken the animal) against a lone, terrified; confused; fatally disabled; wounded animal.

    It’s a sickening “ROMAN CATHOLIC” economic industry based on HORRIFYING victimization; sadistic abuse; extreme cruelty and mutilation and torture of bulls (and horses) during the cruel exhibitions of bullfights (which are barbaric “blood” fiestas) in Spain; Portugal; France; Mexico; Colombia; Ecuador; Guatemala; Peru and Venezuela.

    “ROMAN CATHOLIC” handlers weaken and cripple the bull for days before the bullfight. They starve him; give him laxatives and deny him water, or they put massive doses of sulphates (epsom salts) in his water to induce severe diarrhea, intestinal pain and subsequent lack of coordination in the ring. He is beaten with heavy sandbags on his back and kidneys. He is wedged into a tiny corral and drugged to make him docile. Up to four inches of horn is hacked off with a saw down to the tender quick to interfere with his ability to navigate; the mutilated stump rounded off with a rasp and smeared with black grease; his hooves are burned with turpentine.

    They blind him with vaseline and salt rubbed into his eyes and drug him; they stuff his ears so that he cannot hear; they stuff his nostrils so that he cannot breath. Just before he enters the ring he is harpooned/stabbed in the back with a steel “breeder’s mark.” In the ring, they drive razor-sharp lances and harpoons into his back and neck muscles so he can’t lift his head. By the time the matador appears, the bull is weak from blood loss and dizzy from being chased in circles.

    The horses used in bullfights are old and drugged. Wet newspaper is stuffed in their ears so that they will not hear the approaching bull and run away; their vocal cords are cut so the audience will not hear their cries. They wear long blankets to hide their entrails, which spill out when they are gored and disemboweled by the tortured; agonizing bull (who has been deceived into thinking that the horse is causing his pain, instead of the “wicked human” riding the horse).

    It’s no fun to see an innocent, crazed animal tortured before a screaming crowd of people, who should be hanging their heads in shame. Even if you leave after 15 to 20 minutes, the damage has been done – your money has gone to support this hellish, satanic business, which “decent people” are working to “end.”

    The continuation of bullfighting depends on government subsidies and to an even GREATER EXTENT, the IGNORANT “TOURIST” industry.

    Don’t be an accomplice to this (“VATICAN; ROMAN CATHOLIC”) savagery by supporting it with your “tourist dollars.”

    So-called “bloodless bullfights” are practiced in the United States, where bulls are mutilated (up to four inches of horn is hacked off with a saw down to the tender quick to interfere with his ability to navigate); teased, harassed, terrified; confused and tormented, only to be killed once outside the arena in a Mexican bullfight; a slaughterhouse or elsewhere.

    In these events bullfighters perform who “mutilate; torture and kill” many bulls during regular “bloody” bullfights.

    “Bloody or bloodless,” (“ROMAN CATHOLIC”) bullfighting is a “senseless, degrading” spectacle that has no place in a “civilized” society.

    Help these “suffering” animals – STAY AWAY FROM BULLFIGHTS; SPEAK OUT against them and DEMAND that they be “ABOLISHED.”

    (An American of Spanish Descent.)


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