CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2009 |
Men, women and children gathered before dusk Saturday behind the Portuguese community center in Artesia. They packed the bleachers that circle the dirt ring with its high wood walls painted red. The three-day holiday weekend Festa da Bola would be filled with soccer, laughter, food. But on this evening, the main attraction was a bullfight. It was billed as a "bloodless bullfight" -- in which the animal is not killed in the ring.
December 21, 1986
I read and heard about the city of Carson's unfortunate plan to have bullfighting as the theme for their Tournament of Roses parade float. How distasteful! Isn't there enough cruelty and inhumanity and exploitation in this world already without encouraging the acceptance of an ancient medieval barbarism such as the impaling and slaughtering in public of a noble animal, the bull, rendered defenseless by ignoble, inhumane people? Are people in America to be subjected to the re-activation of those inhumane practices such as bullfighting, dog and cockfighting . . . ?
June 23, 1991 |
The crowd at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring jeered in protest as yet another overweight black bull wandered around the sand ignoring the matador's attempts to goad him into fighting. "The fiesta is a fraud," muttered one cigar-puffing aficionado. "Get off!" shouted another, adding a sarcastic "Ole!" as the matador swished his cape over the sluggish bull. To the horror of animal lovers, bullfighting is enjoying a new golden age. It drew a record 54 million spectators last year.
October 8, 2000
I have been enjoying Mike McIntyre's worldly adventures since they started last January. However, his article about bullfighting in Spain, "Learning About Courage and Beauty From the Beast" (The Wander Year, Sept. 24), left me repulsed and amazed. I do not believe in bullfighting, but then, others do. That he attended was fine for him. However, using almost his entire column to graphically describe the inhumane and bloody torture of the animals turned my stomach. It did not help that, in the end, he was sorry he attended.
December 3, 1989 |
The best of Spain's bullfighters will go to Moscow next year to fight 30 bulls in a demonstration of their death-defying art, Tass reported. The official news agency said Friday that five bullfights will be staged in June at Luzhniki stadium, which seats 100,000 people.
October 24, 2004 |
Several hundred curious spectators watched as China staged its first bullfights Saturday, complete with matadors from Spain and bulls from Mexico. "It's really something different," said city government worker Yu Liang at the event in a soccer stadium in Shanghai's northern suburbs. He then called, "Be careful!" as a bull made another pass at matador Guillermo Alban. Beijing called off a similar event earlier this year in the face of protests. Shanghai went ahead, with some changes.