I've never been able to reconcile bullfighting with the notion of 'sport' - just as, for that matter, boxing, wrestling and other martial arts are more primitive fight reflex than they are a sport. There's a place for them in training people to fight . . . but to entertain??? Sorry, deliberately inflicting pain and suffering, whether on a human being or an animal, doesn't come under the heading of 'entertainment' in my book.
That being the case, I couldn't help feeling sympathy for the bulls when I read this report.
Three matadors were gored in Madrid on Tuesday evening causing a bullfight to be called off early for the first time in 35 years.
David Mora was gored repeatedly when the first bull of the evening entered Las Ventas bullring during Tuesday's San Isidro festival.
The 33-year-old torero was tossed on the horns of Deslio, a fighting bull weighing 532 kgs – just over half a tonne – before being pummeled into the ground by the enraged animal. (Shown below.)
Minutes later, the evening's second matador, Antonio Nazare, 29, was caught on the horns of the evening's second bull, causing "injuries to his right knee with probable ligament damage," the medical team at Las Ventas reported.
Shortly after he was carried from the ring, the third matador, Saul Jimenez Fortes, 24, bravely faced the same bull – only to be similarly gored.
The young bullfighter suffered two serious injuries when the horns pierced his thigh and hip.
There's more at the link.
Since the bulls' fate in the arena is assured, in this case they got their blow in first. I can't say I sympathize with the matadors. They were quite content to make the bulls suffer a prolonged, painful death. For once the shoe was on the other foot (or hoof).