Bloodsports should be consigned to history

6 Jul

Bullfighting, hare coursing and fox hunting should be consigned to the blood-stained pages of history – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in the Irish Daily Mail…

Ban Bullfighting
Irish Daily Mail
June 22 2017

The death of Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino after being gored by a bull must serve as yet another reminder of the extreme danger and gross inhumanity implicit in this so-called “sport”.

The tragedy has sparked renewed calls worldwide for its abolition

It is dangerous for the human participants, who risk death or serious injury and indefensibly cruel to the animals that always end up dead after prolonged torture.

Behind the popular image of a swashbuckling man using a cape to tease and evade the bull is the shocking reality: Before the matador even faces the bull, it has been weakened by having Vaseline rubbed into its eyes to impair vision, and beaten over the kidneys. Then it is stabbed with razor sharp lances.

The fighter performs his traditional routine against the bull as blood streams from numerous wounds inflicted by the picadors. By the time he plunges his sword between his opponent’s shoulder blades, the animal is ready to collapse from exhaustion.

Such a practice is an affront to human decency and should be banned. But then, so should hare coursing and fox hunting that the Irish government still allows despite claiming to have the best animal welfare legislation in Europe.

Such activities in the 21st century are fine as subjects of oil paintings or as design themes for table mats or elaborate tapestries. But as sports they should be consigned to the blood-stained pages of history.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny

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