Juan Jose Padilla, a Spanish bullfighter, was gored by a 1,120 pound bull named Marques, during a bullfight in Zaragoza, Spain. Marques’ left horn pierced Padilla’s lower jaw and went straight through, coming out beside his eyeball. The thirty-nine year old bullfighter ended up with eye, bone, muscle and skin damage and even though he underwent a five-hour surgery, surgeons were not able to repair a severed facial nerve. The Miguel Servet Hospital even said that Padilla will likely suffer facial paralysis and be blind in the eye that was pierced.
While this incident, of a bullfighter being pierced by a bull, has happened before, it still shakes people up and gets them wondering if the tradition of bullfighting should be continued.
Not only is bullfighting a cruel and inhumane sport against the bull itself – with the bull being pierced numerous times with spears until its eventual and painful death – but it is also extremely risky and can turn out harmful and even fatal for the matadors, the bullfighters.
Having lived in Spain for 3 years, I have had many conversations with my Spanish friends about their feelings towards bullfighting. I have found that the older generation still finds it as a tradition and a “form of art”. However, with the younger generation, they feel that bullfighting gives Spain a “bad name” and that it is cruel. The younger generation has no problem getting rid of bullfighting all together while some of the older generation still think that it should be kept simply as a “tradition”.
My Spanish boyfriend and I personally do not like bullfighting. We both think that it is a cruel and horrible sport and source of entertainment. We were so thrilled and happy to find out that Catalonia – which is comprised of the four provinces Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona – officially banned bullfighting and the last ever bullfight occurred on September 25th, 2011.
Hopefully, this ban on bullfighting reaches other cities and eventually is adopted by all of Spain. I have never been to a bullfight and never will go to one but highlights of bullfights are often recapped on the Spanish sports news. It makes me so mad to watch and I secretly wish that the men which are doing the fighting are injured instead of the bull.
Bullfighting does need to be stopped. 180,000 people had to sign the petition that banned bullfighting in Catalonia so another petition needs to be drawn up and signed for the ban of bullfighting in Madrid and all over the rest of Spain!
*Note: The image above was taken from the Huffington Post article. Check out my links to learn more and to see my sources. The wording and thoughts in this post are my own: ©Kalie Lyn, 2011.