August 17, 1997 |
Matadors call it poetry, this art of taunting, of mesmerizing--and ultimately, yes, of killing--a warrior bull. They call it beautiful. Their critics prefer "barbaric." So when two bullfight enthusiasts keen on promoting the sport started a matador school here, a clash was sure to follow. It did. And now, in a dispute that has revved fierce passion on both sides, the Humane Society is investigating the school for cruelty to animals--even though no bull is ever used in training.