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Daily Mail headline of death of matadorThere will be little sympathy over today’s headlines, that a ‘matador’ – or bullfighter was gored to death in Teruel (near valencia) yesterday. The 29 year old was pinned to the ground by the 87 stone bull named Lorenzo during a fight watched by his wife – but opponents of the barbaric sport took to social media, rejoicing at the news.

matador with pink capeAlthough a “tradition” which goes back century’s here in Spain, there is a growing backlash to have it outlawed. Bullfighting was banned in Catalonia after a vote in the Catalan Parliament in 2010, which came into effect in January 2012 – but the Canary Islands were the first region in Spain to ban it, in 1991.

crowds at bullringThe bullring in Benidorm still hosts bullfights, normally every Easter and although the audiences are diminishing, there are still a hardcore number of fans that turn out to spectate – including children. Every time, the animal activists are picketing outside the bullring in the Old Town, but the fights still continue.

bull running outThe award-winning matador, Victor Barrio is the first to be killed in 30 years but sadly this is unlikely to stop others as much like professional sportspeople, they are paid an awful lot of money. On hearing the news even the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his condolences to the family – maybe he should spend the time more constructively trying to form a Government!
Bullfighting will continue to divide opinion both here in Spain and internationally – but on this one occasion, the bull came out the champ.


0 #5 wayne 2016-07-19 10:58
Editor of the article - I didn't know bulls could hear and speak,perhaps if the could they could be asked if they prefer living in peace on the plains of Spain before going to the ring of if they would prefer to live in a crate for 18 months before being slaughtered in the abattoir.I know which one I'd prefer if I was a talking bull. :lol:
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0 #4 Aisling O Callaghan 2016-07-11 14:46
Yes defo don't agree the bull won all is fair , if he's willing to place his life like that the humans do always win , leave the animals alone it's the humans that want all this fighting animals don't want this their fighting for their life in there can u imagine how scared they are the sooner it's BAND THE BETTER. RIP I hope your family and friends learn it's a dangerous and cruel sport . The sonnet it's BAND THE BETTER
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0 #3 Di Simons 2016-07-11 13:31
He went all out to kill the bull..... so good on the bull, I can't bear to read the article, but know the bull's are always killed at the end anyway, it's not a sport, its barbaric .... should be banned...
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0 #2 Editor of article 2016-07-10 15:15
In reply to your comment Neil.... does anyone actually ask the bull if they want to participate and ultimately die? No - thought not. Is an animals life less worthy than a humans then?
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0 #1 Neil 2016-07-10 14:50
Little sympathy are you for real , how can you say that at a loss of a humans life . You are supposed to be neutral as a news reporter and not celebrating a death of a person. disgusting
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