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 . . . ?
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.
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.
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.
January 29, 1995
This letter is to express my disgust and revulsion at the article about Aracelli Gonzalez, who chooses to torture and kill bulls ("The Thrill of the Fight," Jan. 9). Not only is this woman engaging in the utmost cruelty to animals, but she is a first-class hypocrite. She wanted to be a veterinarian. Please. Veterinarians exhibit care and compassion. PAMELA W. MEYERS Woodland Hills I don't care that the matadora portrayed in the article is unique because of her gender and what she does for a living.
October 26, 1991
I was somewhat surprised that an article glorifying bullfighting appeared in the sports section. You would think that such an article would be found in a separate section entitled "Believe it or Not." It saddens me to think that people could be entertained by the repulsive spectacle of ritualistic animal killings. Think about it. People pay to sit in a stadium and watch other people kill animals. Is this sport? Is it entertainment? It's a sad commentary on the state of our society and The Times should be admonished for glorifying this repugnant activity.