Detractors target Spain’s first sport with hopes to get it banned
Boston Globe - 06/05/2014
El toro races into the sandy bullfighting ring, running wildly for a few seconds before three banderilleros, men carrying fuschia and golden capes, step in waving heavy cloths to catch the attention of the lumbering beast. He obliges, charging at the flapping capotes.
With that the game is on, a wildly popular sport that melds the unforgiving bloodthirstiness of gladiator games with the showmanship of professional wrestling. One thing’s for sure: The bull can flee, fight, even gore his opponent, but other than a few exceptions, he’s going to leave the ring without a pulse. That’s the rule. And this gruesome inevitability has led to a growing movement to ban bullfighting.
On this day, though, there are no protestors at the Plaza de Toros in Valladolid, just an arena packed with eager fans of the sport.