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Photo Prompt: Plaza de Toros 10 / Bullfighting

Photo Title: Plaza de Toros 10 © Hiroshi Watanabe Photography
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James Parker said...


They've made me mad and done me bad.
See the scars upon my back.
Today I've come to get revenge,
My rage attests to that.

With luck I hope to catch up
With one prissy matador.
And trample him to pieces,
While the crowds emit a roar.

If I can only do that,
Then I'll proudly meet my fate,
As a Big Mac on a bun,
Or a T-bone on a plate.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Our inner rages, quarantined

Flor Larios Art said...

Tha is so sad! poor toros :(

Meandering Michael said...

This is the way I want it.
This is what feels most right.
Why would I line up for slaughter,
When I could go out with a fight?

Why would I stand in a field all day,
Helpless, afraid, and confined,
When I could inflict mortal damage
On those who oppress my kind?

I know that my odds are long
And that many have fallen before,
But even one win is a vict'ry -
And that's what I'm striving for.

sudharm baxi said...

Show some mercy, be humane
what you do is truly insane

Don't you hear the moan
don't you hear the cry

for your momentary pleasure
this poor animal has to die

You are a rational being..
Crap i can't write more...

I feel very sorry for the poor animals. Men is the meanest, ugliest, cruelest animal on this planet. Only for the sake of his entertainment, he enrages the animals to fight like anything.

Please please have some mercy all my fellow human beings, these animals have some rights of their own, just that they can't defend themselves against our utter FOOLISHNESS.

Tessa said...

I wonder if the bull is trying to escape or waiting impatiently to face his foe?

JR said...

There is nothing noble, heroic, necessary or excusable about abusing animals for our amusement, be it in the form of "bullfighting", fashion, or "Big Macs". If anyone thinks that "this is the way [the bull] wants to go", they should inform themselves about the unspeakable torment bulls are forced to endure before being tortured to death in front of a cheering crowd.

Here's a short excerpt from "Barbarism in the Afternoon: Bullfighting, Violence, and the Crisis in Human Identity" by Steven Best.

During transit in cramped vehicles without food, water, or space to move, many bulls die before or upon arrival. Bulls frequently are sick with diseases like bovine tuberculosis, suffer injured limbs, and may be ill from a cocktail of drugs combining tranquilizers for the ride and stimulants for the "fight." On the day of the great encounter, they are confined in a dark box, isolated from other bulls for the first time. Just before they enter the arena, they are poked, harpooned, and harassed. When the passageway to the arena opens, they encounter blinding sunlight, strange surroundings, the disorienting roar of the crowd, and aggressive human beings charging them with capes and weapons.

Probably few people know how a bullfight proceeds, how violent and unfair a "fight" it is, and how relatively minor a role the matador plays. A bullfight proceeds in three stages, or tercios, designed to weaken, torture, torment, and kill the bull. In the tercio de varas, the matador’s assistants chase the bull with capes in order to provoke and tire him. Once the bull is sufficiently exhausted, two picadores ride in on horseback (the horses too are abused in numerous ways) and plunge lancers into the bull’s upper body. The tercio de banderillas begins when three banderilleros individually chase the bull in order to spear him in the neck with two banderillas (colorfully decorated wooden harpoons). Finally, when six banderillas are lodged in the bull’s neck, blood pouring down his back and spewing out of his nose and mouth, the tercio de muleta commences and the brave matador enters for the "ballet of death." With his sword and red cape, he makes several stylized passes at the bull before he attempts to deliver the estocada, the death blow designed to plunge the sword through the bull’s neck or into his heart. The matador has ten minutes to kill the bull, but quite often, he fails to make a clean kill and has to stab the bull repeatedly. A team member then severs the bull’s spinal cord as he lies paralyzed and dying.

Throughout the final tercio, the applause, roar, and frenzy of the crowd grows progressively louder. When the bull is down and still conscious, the judge gives a sign as to whether to cut off an ear (good fight), two ears (excellent), or two ears and a tail (bravo!). Once the trophy is excised, the bull is dragged out of the ring and then butchered. The remains of the bull, including its testicles, are sold as "black meat" for human consumption – a practice banned by the Spanish government in 2001 due to concerns over mad cow disease.

This sickening "fight" lasts twenty minutes and is repeated six times with different matadors. When the last bull is removed, the matadors and their assistants enter the arena to receive their honors. If the crowd is particularly pleased with a matador, he will be carried out of the arena on their shoulders.

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Thank you, JR, for informing us about the horrors of bullfighting. I just want to clarify that I don't think anyone, including myself, the photographer, or the visitors to this blog believe otherwise. But, I can't speak for anyone else, it's not my right. I do appreciate your passion and willingness to speak out!

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