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When a bullfighter really SEES the bull

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This is from Facebook:

The post by Paulo Saraiva:

This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Álvaro Múnera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man.

Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: “And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”

Written by LeisureGuy

19 April 2017 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. Munera is a real former bullfighter who’s adamantly against bullfighting, but that isn’t him in the photo. That’s some other dude who’s playing with a bull who’s too weak to fight any more. Munera quit when he was gored.

    Seamus

    20 April 2017 at 10:02 am

  2. Aha. Thanks, Seamus. I do think that bullfighting belongs with bear baiting and dog fights and cock fights: all are obvious examples of cruelty to animals.

    Interesting that the whole story of the post is fiction, albeit with some power. Still, I prefer reports to be factual when they are presented as factual.

    LeisureGuy

    20 April 2017 at 10:06 am

  3. I certainly agree, on all points. It’s a shame it’s not the right photo, but the error and the very real Munera (who is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life because of the bull) can make for a more complex and, I think, enduring story in the end. If in a roundabout, less than ideal way!

    Seamus

    20 April 2017 at 6:00 pm


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