Sonora, The First Mexican State To Ban Bullfighting

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The Mexican state of Sonora, this week Became the first state in the country to ban bullfighting after the approval of a law against cruelty to animals, however I, cockfighting is still not banned Because its popularity.

“It Caused quite a stir Because we are the first state in the country to pass this law. I really did not expect it, and I Say This With All honesty, I did not know how the national and international reaction and impact it was going to have, “said Local congressman of Mexico’s Green Party (PVEM), Vernon Perez Rubio.

On the radio station Formato 21, Perez welcomed the decision taken last May 2 by the Congress of Sonora, who unanimously voted for the approval of the Law for the Protection of Animals.

“It is a That law contains 72 articles, all very important for the coexistence Between animals and humans,” added the coordinator of the Green Party (PVEM).

This political party said in a statement Also That the law “not only prohibits bullfighting”, but “also Protects other domestic animals.”

Based on several surveys, the Green Party That Also factotum believes “clearly more than 70% of Mexicans are against the continuation of bullfighting in the country.”

The protest against bullfighting acerca came two years ago in Sonora, When an event was held before 18,200 people in a stadium for a ban of These events, Explained Perez.

This new legislation That is supported by five social civil organizaciones has sparked some criticism, Because on one hand it prohibits the abused, martyred, mutilation, abandonment, and deliberate killing of domestic Animals with penalties That Range from “ends” to “arrests” but it excludes cockfighting.

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The Equine Mind: Top 10 Things to Know

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“A Great post for all us horsey people in blog land & for those who want to know why a horse does what it does!”

My beautiful Gelderland Mare Lillia

“Why does he do that?” “What is she so scared of … there’s nothing there!” Most—if not all—horse owners have been there and asked those questions. Even though we don’t always understand equine behavior, there’s got to be a reason behind it, right? Absolutely. Horses’ behaviors date back to equine evolution, and horse owners greatly benefit from an understanding what goes on in a horse’s brain, according to one veterinarian. At the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., Robert Miller, DVM, a former equine practitioner from Thousand Oaks, Calif., relayed the top 10 things horse owners, caretakers, and riders should understand about how the equine mind functions.

“There are 10 genetically predetermined behavioral qualities unique to the horse that have been established by natural selection over the 50 million-year period during which the horse evolved,” Miller began. “Failure to understand these qualities makes it impossible to have optimum communication with horses.”

  1. Flight—”We tend to attribute the flightiness of a horse as stupidity,” Miller said, but when horses spook and run from things, it’s simply their innate instincts kicking in. He explained that unlike the majority of prey animals that depend on horns, tusks, or antlers for defense, the only mechanism horses are armed with—their “life-saving” behavior—is the ability to run. The following nine qualities, Miller said, stem from the horse’s flight response.
  2. Perception—”The horseis the most perceptive of all domestic animals,” Miller said, adding that this quality allowed for the quick detection and escape from predators in the wild. He gave examples using the five senses:
    • Smell—Miller said horses have an “excellent” sense of smell.
    • Hearing—”The horse’s range of hearing is far beyond that of a human ear,” he said. Additionally, he noted, the ears swivel, giving the horse the ability to pinpoint where sounds originate. This was critical for survival in the wild.
    • Touch—”A horse’s sense of touch is extremely delicate,” Miller said, which is why an ill-placed saddle pad or a single fly can cause extreme irritation. “The sense we have in our fingertips is what the horse has all over his body.”
    • Taste—Ever tried to sneak Bute or a new supplement into a horse’s feed, only to have him turn up his nose? Horses have a very tactful sense of taste. When grazing in the wild, it’s important for horses to differentiate between good grass and moldy forage.
    • Sight—The sense that varies most from ours is the horse’s eyesight. While horses’ depth perception isn’t particularly strong, other factors enable them to “see things we’re not even aware of,” Miller said. The horse’s laterally placed eyes allow for nearly 360⁰ vision, a crucial survival mechanism for the wild equid. Additionally, Miller noted the horse has superb night vision and sees in muted, pastel colors during the day. The equine focusing system is also different from humans, he said. When a human eye transitions from focusing on close-up objects to far away objects, it takes one and a half to two seconds to adjust (Miller encouraged attendees to try it—look at something close up and then look at something far away, and try to focus on how long it takes the eyes to focus). Horses, on the other hand, make the transition seamlessly. This is because different parts of the eye have different focusing capabilities. Horses use the top portion of their eyes to see up close, which is why they often lower their heads when investigating something. The lower portion of the eye sees far away, which is why the animal will raise his head when looking at something in the distance; when the horse holds his head up high, he’s considered to be in the flight position.

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Ban on Bullfighting Bill in Mexico Advances

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A commission of the Legislative assembly (local congress) of the Federal District (ALDF) approved a bill that bans bullfighting in the capital city of Mexico City.

The bill, which will go to forward for discussion and vote, was approved by the Commission of Public Administration (ALDF) by three votes. Two legislators dissented, one of which left the room during the voting. 

Those who dissented explained that stopping the bullfights would increase unemployment in the population. They also argued that of the forums held to hear the arguments for and against the bullfighting, only the opposing side was heard.

Civil organizations who defend animal rights expressed their satisfaction with the decision, and see it a step further in stopping animal abuse. The Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) celebrated the passing of the bill and even called it “historic” stated sources.

The bill is now set to be heard by the General Assembly in the session period which end on the April 30th.

Ban on Bullfighting in Mexico Advances

Bullfighting – The Facts

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It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious & cruel spectacle of blood sport continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago.

“I find it difficult to understand why people pay to see an animal tortured & stabbed to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?”

It always makes me laugh when I see bull breeders,  surrounded by their bulls in a field; saying how “ferocious they are” & how they are “bred to fight”…really…then why are they not charging the breeder & the camera men? Ferocious indeed…”I would be bloody ferocious too, had I been treated the way the bulls are”!!

“In another post I will share a story with you about a bull bred for fighting, who lives in France”

The Facts – Did you know that in some fights the bull is subjected to the following:-

The bull is not an aggressive animal, and the reason he is angry and attempts to charge at the matador whilst in the bullring is mainly because he has been horrendously abused for the previous two days. In fact, what spectators see is not a normal, healthy bull, but a weakened, half-blinded and mentally destroyed version, whose chances of harming his tormentors is virtually nil.

The bull has wet newspapers stuffed into his ears; vaseline is rubbed into his eyes to blur his vision; cotton is stuffed up his nostrils to cut off his respiration and a needle is stuck into his genitals. Also, a strong caustic solution is rubbed onto his legs which throws him off balance. This also keeps him from lying down on the ground.

In addition to this, drugs are administered to pep him up or slow him down, and strong laxatives are added to his feed to further incapacitate him. He is kept in a dark box for a couple of days before he faces the ring: the purpose of this is to disorientate him.

When he is let out of the box, he runs desperately towards the light at the end of the tunnel. He thinks that at last his suffering is over and he is being set free — instead, he runs into the bullring to face his killers and a jeering mob.

(“Note – I said this happens in some area’s!.  But they are all usually kept in dark stall before the fight”)  

The Fight

Strictly speaking, a bullfight is composed of 3 separate “acts”, which vary in length. The opening of a bullfight begins with a tune being played on a trumpet — the tune is the special, signa lure Rifle which characterises the beginning of the horror. Upon entering the ring, bulls have been known to collapse through exhaustion alter their pre-fight ordeal, but are soon prodded & poked to continue.

The Picadors – On Horseback – Varies in Countries

The sequence of events begins when the bull faces the picadors — these are the men on horseback, whose purpose it is to exhaust the bull. They cut into his neck muscles with a pica. This is a weapon of about 6-8 inches long, and 2 inches thick. Once it is thrust into the bull it is twisted round and a large, gaping wound appears. The bull then starts bleeding to death.

The Assistant Matadors

After the picador has finished his sordid business, the assistant matadors then get to work with the banderillas (sharp, harpoon-like barbed instruments). These are plunged into the bull’s body, and he may also be taunted by capes. Up to six banderillas may be used. When the banderillas strike the bull he bellows in pain; they are made with a barbed tip on the end so once inserted, never fall out.

“Oh & for those that think the colour red angers the bull, it doesn’t as the bull is in fact colour blind”.

The Kill

It is, of course, during the final act that the bull is killed by the main matador. The matador is supposed to sever the artery near the heart with one thrust of the sword — in fact, this rarely happens, it can take 2-4 times before the sword hits the heart; by now the bull is spewing blood from his mouth & nose.  Cowards chase the bull around; forcing the sword to drive deeper, cutting  up his internal organs, slowly he falls to his knees. Once the bull is down, he gets a knife in his neck to severe his spinal cored which just paralyses him.

If the matador has performed particularly well, the crowd may petition the president to award the matador an ear of the bull by waving white handkerchiefs. If his performance was exceptional, he will award two, and in certain more rural rings a tail can still be awarded.

Still he is not allowed a little dignity to leave this world in peace, his ears and tail are cut off, and his broken, bleeding body is dragged around the ring by mules, or horses; all whilst probably still conscious.  His body is then taken away to be skinned & butchered.

State-run Spanish TVE cancelled live coverage of bullfights in August 2007, claiming that the coverage was too violent for children who might be watching, and that live coverage violated a voluntary, industry-wide code attempting to limit “sequences that are particularly crude or brutal”

A Portuguese television station also prohibited the broadcasting of bullfights in January 2008, because they are too violent for minors.  In March 2009, Viana do Castelo, a city in northern Portugal, became the first city in that country to ban bullfighting. Mayor Defensor Moura cited torture and imposition of unjustifiable suffering as a factor in arriving at the ban. The city’s bullfighting arena will be torn down to accommodate a new cultural centre.

Several cities around the world (especially in Catalonia and Spain) have symbolically declared themselves to be Anti-Bullfighting Cities, including Barcelona in 2006. It was symbolic as it didn’t have the power to stop it. However, on 1 January 2012 it became prohibited in Catalonia (including Barcelona, being the capital of this Region) after a ban was passed in the Regional Government in July 2010 came into effect in 2012.

In May 2011, the Ecuadorians agreed on banning the final killing of the bull that happens in a corrida.  Catalonia became the second Community of Spain (first was Canary Islands in 1991), and the first on the mainland, to ban bullfighting.  However It does not affect the correbous, a traditional game of the Ebro area (south of Catalonia) where lit flares are attached to a bull’s horns; which I find to be very cruel & think it too, should have been banned.

Horses – The Forgotten Victims Of Bullfighting

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In countries where bullfighting is allowed it is increasingly becoming recognised as sheer barbarity. This savagery involves two beautiful animals, bulls and horses. While the bulls are guaranteed to die, the future of the horses is often no brighter!  It is, after all, banned throughout the UK and the Commonwealth nations, as well as most of Europe because it is deemed cruel & barbaric.

The tormented bull does not understand that it is the man on the horse’s back that is causing his pain, only that he is in agony. He therefore sees the horse as his enemy as much as the man, nor does the bull differentiate breeds.

Do not confuse the “picadors” with another form of bullfighting performed from horseback. This activity is known in Spain as “el rejoneo” where it forms a part of “Andalusian” horse culture and is known in Portugal as “toureio ecuestre” where it is, and has historically been, the dominant form of bullfighting.

These horses are very expensive & are beautiful, elegant & fast on their feet. They flit around the ring like a ballerina; but it only takes one wrong turn & they too can be fatally gored! These are a hot blooded breed of horse, like the “Anglo Arab” that can perform alta escuela (high school) movements in front of the bull but react quickly to its sudden charge. The aim of the “rejoneador”  is to demonstrate his skill in horsemanship and intuition by allowing the bull to come as close to the horse as possible without placing it in danger. The risk to these horses is further lessened in a “corrida de rejones” by the fact that the tips of the bull’s horns are either blunted or covered, the rider does not allow the bull to run and knock his mount, as is the case with the “picador”.

In bullfights with “picadors”  (men on horseback armed with spears)

The horses are usually a cold blooded breed such as a “Percheron” (heavy horse, not that graceful) they are there to be charged at. “Picadors” are used to not only injure the bull with the spears in it’s neck, but to also tire the bull.

 These days they usually wear a skirt termed a “peto”  The horse will stand with their off (right hand) sides open to the bull’s charge, and for this reason the picador wears armour on his right leg only. The bull would be encouraged to charge at one of the picador’s mounts, however the “Peto” does little to protect the horse if the bulls horns get under it; although it does stop the public seeing the horses entrails ripped out.

Perhaps the worst fiesta with bulls and horses happens in Mexico, during an event which is  known as “saca tripas” (‘gutting’), where many riders on unprotected horses chase a bull in the confines of a closed bullring, like the video below. The bull charges the horses & if caught up with, will invariably, gore them; some to death.

“Have you never wondered why the horse stands still in the bullring, right in the path of a charging bull??

They don’t move because the “picadors” horses ears are usually filled with paper to block out the sounds of the cheering crowd & that of the charging bull; they are also blindfolded. It is also believed that some have their vocal cords cut so they can’t make noise…which ever it is, no horse would willingly pit itself against a bull…horses are flight not fight animals. Even the expensive bred “Andalusian” or “Anglo Arab” horses are forced to perform by the rider, not by choice!

(You can clearly see in the picture, the horse is blindfolded & its ear’s are wrapped to block out noise)

“As a horse owner for 40 years, this infuriates the hell out of me. I don’t give a crap whether the horse cost  £10 or £10,000; they don’t deserve to die such horrible deaths! I can only imagine the sheer panic these terrified equines endure. I have cried so many times over videos like this but I feel most people only think of the bull; so I intend to educate you otherwise!”

Please sign the petitions to stop this brutal sport, there are many more on line!

“These beautiful sentient equines are used to entertain paying crowds, who lust for blood; which they usually get. They claim that bullfighting is a “tradition” & “cultural heritage” so it is, but it doesn’t make it right to carry on doing it!  It was also tradition to “burn witches at the stake”, but we don’t do it any more because we know its wrong; we now live in a more civilised society, supposedly! I am so sick of animals being tortured, abused  or killed, all in the name of “Tradition”.  I say stuff tradition, what about morals, empathy & feelings? we are not chest beating barbarians who know no better, or are we??

This is just one of many videos where the horse is literally gutted;  P.S It probably will put you off your tea! Please don’t support this cruelty

Viewer discretion is strongly advised; but if you want to see what really happens..this is  a Mexican bullfight!

“The following looks like an Andalusian, very expensive breed. It is still breathing so no idea what that muppet is doing jumping up & down on its chest, the description say’s it collapsed of a heart attack ; plus 2 other fatalities ” 

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Rejoneador Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza – Bullfight Teziutlan Mexico March 14, 2010 corrida de toros

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(Taken from video title) World’s greatest Rejoneador (Bullfighting on horseback), Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza in Teziutlan, Puebla, Mexico on March 14, 2010.

“There is nothing great about stabbing a bull to death”

corrida de toros
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Flaming-horned bull fatally gores man

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Flaming-horned bull fatally gores man.

Are we meant to feel sorry for this idiot??  Sorry no sympathy here…its called KARMA!!!

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