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Preparations for the Bullfight
The bulls are intentionally debilitated with heavy sandbags dropped on their backs.(2) A study conducted by scientists at Spain’s Salamanca University found that 20 percent of the bulls used for fighting are drugged before they step into the ring; in the sampling of 200 bulls, one in five had been given anti-inflammatory drugs, which mask injuries that could sap the animal’s strength.(3) One common—albeit illegal—practice is to “shave” the bulls’ horns by sawing off a few inches, which impairs their coordination.(4) According to one matador, some of the top performers may also “ask breeders to deliberately select placid bulls …. It’s the only way to sustain your energy for the duration of the season.”(5)
Originally posted by SyphonX
I don't know what it has to do with karma.
It's a 3,000lb animal with horns on the end of it, and all it does all day is get pissed off when something looks at it.
No magic here, no karma, no revenge. Just an idiot, jumping into a pen, with a fleshy bulldozer.
It's the same as acting surprised when someone dies in a Nascar race. A bunch of automotive high-speed death machines, traveling in excess of 200mph, bumping into each other on a small circular track.... Oh my, a crash, and someone died.. how shocking.
Originally posted by brilab45
reply to post by jasmine23
You make a very good point. What exactly is humane in this world? We are supposed to be intelligent and keepers of the world. How do we become so calloused and inhumane?
Sorry OP for being so aggravated by this post (good post), but animals are close to my heart. I am in no way trying to hijack your post. OP, my hopes are you are waking people up the injustice we bring upon animals in which we share DNA. Think about it.
Animals are proven to have feelings and abstract thought. I lived in a farming community and had my fair share of animals on my small ranch. Animals have feelings and are capable of LOVE and bereavement.
Edited for spelling errors.
[edit on 26-5-2010 by brilab45]
History of Bullfighting in Spain
The spectacle of bullfighting has existed in one form or another since ancient days. For example, a contest of some sort is depicted in a wall painting unearthed at Knossos in Crete, dating from about 2000 BC. It shows male and female acrobats confronting a bull, grabbing its horns as it charges, and vaulting over its back.
Bullfights were popular spectacles in ancient Rome, but it was in the Iberian Peninsula that these contests were fully developed. The Moors from North Africa who overran Andalusia in AD 711 changed bullfighting significantly from the brutish, formless spectacle practised by the conquered Visigoths to a ritualistic occasion observed in connection with feast days, on which the conquering Moors, mounted on highly trained horses, confronted and killed the bulls.
As bullfighting developed, the men on foot, who by their capework aided the horsemen in positioning the bulls, began to draw more attention from the crowd, and the modern corrida began to take form. Today the bullfight is much the same as it has been since about 1726, when Francisco Romero of Ronda, Spain, introduced the estoque (the sword) and the muleta (the small, more easily wielded worsted cape used in the last part of the fight).