Bullfighting is one of the most controversial sports in Europe, and yet despite the inherent danger it poses to participators, and numerous campaigns and protests from animal rights activists, it shows no signs of dying out any time soon. Detractors argue that it’s a needlessly cruel, senseless activity which prolongs an animal’s suffering for our amusement – a spectacle as morally reprehensible as the colosseums of ancient Rome.
Defenders of the sport claim that the bulls used in the fights live longer and are better treated than they would be as livestock, and that bullfighting is no better or worse than any other form of hunting. Either way, the sport remains an integral aspect of Spanish and Latin American culture. According to a poll conducted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2014, bullfighting is the 10th most popular paid leisure activity in the country.
The horrific and occasionally fatal injuries sustained by unfortunate matadors who are often trampled, gored and beaten by the enraged bulls have also done little to deter the audience from watching. In fact, it seems as though the risk of death or paralysis has only served to give the sport more appeal among its fans.
But the next video might just put even the most ardent bullfighting devotee off the sport altogether. A graphic video recorded at a bullfight in Mexico City has captured the moment a matador was mauled by a bull, which proceeded to viciously gore the man in a very private place. Be warned: the following clip is not for the faint of heart.
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