Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Bulls Have It

On a visit to Spain, I did what many people do, what people have done for centuries, which is gone to a bullfight. Most do it to experience an ancient tradition in the culture in which it was born.  Something that is unlike most things you will see. While there is much to be said for the history of tradition, the spectacle and the pageantry of it, the truth is that the ancient ritual ends much as it did in the old days -- with the death of the bull.

While many things have evolved--they no longer throw Christians to the lions--it seems the poor bulls have bad lobbyists.  Yet, it seems the brutality of it all, along with the ever increasing call within the country itself to stop it, have finally led to the recent banning of bullfighting in Catalonia and northern Spain.
And so it should be. At a time when people are sensitive to the treatment of every array of animal, we are really past the point in the modern world where watching animals battle for sport or using the death of any animal for entertainment should be ended. The time really has come to retire the red cape for good.

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