Anyone who knows me knows that my heart is really big when it comes to animals. I have a huge spot in my heart for them. It doesn’t really matter what kind of animal, I love all of them. Snakes and mice not so much and I don’t want them in my house but when I see one of my cats killing one, I have to tell you that I feel bad. I usually scream, jump on a chair and SCREAM call for Paul to take it outside.
I don’t watch 60 minutes very often. It’s not that I don’t like the show but it’s just on at such a bad time for us. During football season it’s a given that we watch only that on Sunday’s and in the summer, we’re outside at 6 and don’t watch anything that early. But last Sunday I did watch and I hated what I saw.
This is a story about a family of matadors. Francisco Rivera Ordonez and his kid brother Cayetano. Let me tell you, the crowd was going NUTS for these guys and apparently they are moocho loved in Spain. Their grandfather, Antonio, was the greatest matador of the last 50 years. Hemingway, Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly all came to pay homage to the maestro. The boys’ father was Paquirri, a legendary matador of his time. Bulls were the family business, and the family tragedy. In 1984, Paquirri was badly gored in a minor ring somewhere in central Spain. He died a few hours later. His widow, the boys’ mother, did everything possible to lure them away from the ring. She sent them both to summer camp in Maine; she also sent Francisco to a military academy in Indiana. It didn’t work out that way and they both returned to bullfighting.
This is just plain crazy to me. First off, I don’t get how any sane person would get into a ring like this with a bull and take the chance of being killed. Second of all, I have a huge problem with the whole killing the bull in general, in this manner. Where is the “sport” in this is what I’d like to know? They stab swords in the bull. In a ring where this bull has no chance of survival. NONE. How is this a sport? Even in hunting the animals aren’t caged up. The hunter has to go find them. I don’t have a problem with hunting or any other kind of “sport” but killing for a game or not to use the meat for anything is what I have the problem with. There is no way the bull can get out of it. It seems very one sided and unfair to me. It made me cry to be honest with you. I sat here quiet and could hardly watch. I just have always hated it.
I do understand that this is a cultural thing and it’s not my culture and therefore I may not understand the meaning of it. These people just go nuts over this. Can anyone explain it to me?