Bull Fighting

I would like to bring to the Governments attention of the cruelty involved in the Spanish national sport of Bull fighting. Bull fighting records back o 711 AD in Spain. The first fight was in celebration of the crowning of King Alfonso the VIII. It is very popular; thousands of people flock to bullfights each week.

The first event of a bull fight is to let the bull into the ring. Once this has occurred, the top bullfighter, the matador, watches his chief assistant waves a bright yellow and magenta cape in front of the bull to make it charge. He watches this to determine the bull's mood and then takes over. A trumpet is sounded then several fighters come out called picadors which weaken the bull by putting spears into its shoulders. This takes around ten minutes. The next event is the faena which is classified the most beautiful and skilful part of the fight but not to all. This is where the matador proves his courage and artistry. This consists of the bull running in at the matador whom the matador is holding a muleta. This is a piece of thick crimson cloth draped over a short stick held in the left hand or draped over the espada, the killing sword which is held in the right hand. Usually the muleta is held in front of the matador and is then swung away hopefully taking the bull with it. The faena continues until the matador has proven his superiority over the bull. Once this is complete they are ready to kill the bull. The matador then gets the bull focused on the muleta and aims the espada between the shoulder blades. If the sword goes into the hilt it is a estocada but if it hits a bone it's a pinchazo or media-estocada.

Bull fighting as you know originated in Spain but has extended to southern France, Portugal, Morocco, the Philippines and Latin American countries. Bull fights are viewed weekly. In Spain bull fighting is least popular in Galicia and Catalonia with 81% and 79% expressing no interest. Most interest was shown in the north, east, centre and south with around 37% declaring themselves as fans, 63% having no interest. In Barcelona the last working bull ring is working fortnightly rather than weekly due to low attendance. The Canary Islands, part of Spain has banned all sports involving cruelty to animals excluding the odd traditional cock fight in some towns.

The main basic rights being abused are the bulls and the horses during the bullfight. It is unfortunate for the bull; the only way to finish the fight is to die. The bull is terribly treated in the ring and has to be improved or banned.

The public should not attend which would then cause a breakdown of the industry. The government could ban it or create regulations such as a requirement of a license that many bull fighting groups can't afford. Petitions are also being used and are having a large impact at the present time.

Money is part of the motive. 1 billion dollars are made every year! There is another motive for the participants though, they benefit from fans, sponsors, popularity and rewards like meeting the president.

The beneficiaries of bull fighting are matadors, picadors, breeders, officials and everyone else involved. Bull fighting has to be stopped or improved or we will not move forward with animal rights.