The Most Frightening Spain’s Sports: Bullfighting

 Spain is a highly developed country ranked 27th on the Human Development Index, a secular parliamentary democracy, and a constitutional monarchy. It is a high-income country and an advanced economy, with the world's sixteenth-largest economy by nominal Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) and the sixteenth-largest by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). PPP  is a popular metric used by macroeconomic analysts that compare different countries' currencies through a "basket of goods" approach. On the other hand, GDP refers to the total monetary value of the goods and services produced within one country, generally in a year. Nominal GDP calculates the monetary value in current, absolute terms.  Anyway, Spain has the twelfth-highest life expectancy in the world. It ranks particularly high in healthcare quality, with its healthcare system considered to be one of the most efficient worldwide. It is a world leader in organ transplants and organ donation. Spain is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe (CoE), a de facto member of the G20, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and many other international organizations.
In this country with so-called highly developed people with high per capita income enjoy some  cruel sports.  From, the newsletter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (popularly known as PETA), I am sharing three cases of cruelty inflicted upon bulls in the name of sports. And another from a different source, about the burning of the horns of the bull. 
 Case 1) “In bullfights, matadors drive lances and barbed sticks into each bull’s back and spine before stabbing the tormented animal with a sword or dagger. If the public praises the matador’s performance enough, he might cut off the dying bull’s ears and/or tail as a trophy – sometimes while he (bull) is still conscious but paralyzed”.
Case 2) “PETA has shared the cruelest video, recorded by PACMA, (PACMA means Partido Antitaurino Contra el Maltrato Animal) which shows a becerrada ( Spanish word that means fighting with the young bull), in which an apprentice bullfighter attacks a young calf – who doesn't even have fully formed horns and hasn't been weaned from his mother's milk”. In the video, it is observed that the young bull who was still in the stage of drinking his mother’s milk was cruelly tortured to death in the name of sports. Many people enjoyed it. Also, it may be mentioned that "the young, terrified animal staggers around – as he is stabbed repeatedly and bleeds from multiple wounds – before he falls to the ground and his ears are cut off".
Case 3) “Another disturbing video showed children as young as 14 years learning how to stab calves as part of a practical exam at a bullfighting school in Madrid”. According to the United Nations: “The participation of children and adolescents in bullfighting activities constitutes a grave violation of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child … as they are being indoctrinated for a violent act”. 
Case 4) This case has been collected from but initially, PETA shared the video with me.  “Every November in the village of Medinaceli in the Castilla y León region of northern Spain, El Toro Jubilo, or the Jubilation Bull, festival takes place. “Late in the evening, a bull is roped to a post in the town square whilst flaming torches are attached to its horns. Unshackled once the torches above its head are ablaze, the bull dashes about the square trying to avoid roaring bonfires, as spectators rush in, trying to goad it. The animal tosses its head again and again, as it turns in one direction and then the next, trying desperately to escape the fire burning above its head. As the fire burns, drops of the flammable liquid fall onto the head and body of the animal and loud firecrackers explode above the square. These events can last for up to 40 minutes”. I observed many people enjoyed it. In this sport, because of the burning, the bull  cries to the maximum extent, and its heart-wrenching cries disturbed my sleep for many days because people sitting in the audience enjoyed its cries. 
I am a simple person with no money power or spiritual or political power even then I request the Government of Spain please close down all sorts of bullfighting sports. Anyway, PETA UK asked me to sign the form for banning the bullfight which I signed and they have sent me mail as mentioned here “Dear Prof Shankar, Thank you for taking action against bullfighting schools. Your e-mail has been sent to Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport and will help create pressure to end the government-funded abuse of children and animals at these horrific institutions”.
Dr. Shankar Chatterjee, Hyderabad 

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