Madrid Bullfight Suspended, Spain
3 Matadors Gored, 2 Bulls Killed
There is no happy ending to this story about the Madrid bullfight suspended after three bullfighters were injured and two bulls killed. Except, of course, for the four beasts who left the “festivities” at the San Isidro Festival in Madrid alive and well and were allowed to return to their ranches unharmed.
This is How the Story Should Have Gone:
- Three bulls, six Matadors. Each matador fights two bulls. All bulls get killed. It’s no-win for the bulls. Victory (really?) for the bullfighters. As you’ll be able to tell, I’m not into killing animals for fun. Oh, excuse me … “sport.”
But This is How it Went Instead:
- The first bull weighing in at just over half a ton (532 kilograms) gored the first bullfighter, David Mora, in the left leg. Mora had to be taken away in an ambulance where he underwent a two-hour surgery and blood transfusion. He had a foot long gash in his thigh.
- Traditionally, the bull must be slain, so the second matador, Antonio Nazare, stepped in and finished it off.
- Now it was time for the second bull to come in. This one weighed in at slightly more than the first at 537 kilograms. This one was even more dangerous. The 3rd bullfighter, Saul Jimenez Fortes, started with him, but Nazare, who as the second bullfighter on the card would typically have faced the second bull, exercised his right to step in, replacing Jimenez in the ring. The bull promptly butted Nazare so hard in the knees that he had to be taken away to the on-site infirmary with a knee injury.
Wait! There’s more:
- The third and last bullfighter, Jimenez, entered the ring for a second time with the second bull. As he was moving in for the kill, he was gored in the right leg. He managed to stay afoot until the bull died.
- Jimenez then joined his colleagues in the infirmary.
Madrid Bullfight Suspended
Confused? Wow, right? All this took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 24,000 at the historic bullring, as well as on national television.
THE GRAND SCORE: Three injured Matadors vs. two dead bulls. Who won? Nobody. (Just a reprieve, for the four bulls who were allowed to return to their ranches, for now.)
THE GRAND FINALE: This left four more bulls that were supposed to “fight” (for their lives) that day, out of the usual six on the card. But, all bullfighters were gone to the infirmary, the authorities were forced to suspend the bullfight at the San Isidro Festival in Madrid for the first time in 35 years.
The San Isidro festival, named for Madrid’s patron saint, features 31 fights this year, from May 9 to June 8. It pays top dollar to the top bullfighters.
The three injured bullfighters are recovering in a hospital. The four bulls that didn’t fight are wiping the sweat off their brows, counting their blessings, and silently high-fiving each other.
For a related story: Spain’s Catalonia region bans centuries-old bullfighting
MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: What do you think of Bullfighting? Do you agree with me that they’re horrible and should be banned?
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