It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilized age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was. It is difficult to understand how crowds of people will pay money and take pleasure in watching one lone creature – who has never done them any harm — getting hacked to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?
Bullfighting has a very glorified public image — it is presented as a contest between the brave matador, who boldly risks life and limb to tackle a mad and ferocious beast. The matador is always dressed in a traditional costume of brilliant colors: the bullfight is seen by many as the mysterious ritual between man and beast, which is an integral part of Spanish culture and custom. For this reason, many tourists who visit Spain feel that seeing a bullfight is a necessary part of their holiday, just as tourists visiting Britain go to see the Tower of London.
However, most tourists will witness this sickening slaughter only once, after witnessing the sheer horror of this barbaric event, only the most hardened and callous would consider a second visit to the bullring. But for now bullfighting is an annual event for spectators that have become desensitized to this cultural torturous form of entertainment. However, the innocent bulls will have their moment of revenge on the matadors that challenge them.
This was the very painful moment a French matador suffered a ten-inch wound when he was gored up the backside by a raging bull.
Juan Leal, 26, was left seriously injured during a show at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid yesterday.
Amazingly, the bullfighter then got up, continued with his duel and walked himself to the infirmary once he had finished the fight.
Doctors said he suffered a 25cm wound in his rectum with a possible fracture of the sacrum coccyx and an exit hole in the gluteal region.
The bull turned on him during the fight which was part of the San Isidro festivities.
Pictures show how Leal was taunting the bull with his cape when the animal struck him several times, tossing him around the ring before being tempted away.
The bullfighter managed to walk away, with the huge hole in his white trousers stained with blood clearly visible.
He was then rushed to hospital where he was operated on.
His surgeon, Máximo García Leirado later said: ‘I can’t understand how managed to continue the fight and kill the bull afterwards because a normal person wouldn’t have been able to even stand up or walk.
‘It was fortunate that the horn hit the sacrum and then slid upwards, rather than pentrating his stomach.
‘Doctors say he should make a full recovery but will need to rest and avoid any infections.