What happens to a bull during a bullfight?
The conclusion of a Spanish bullfight is almost always the same: The matador plunges his or her sword between the bull's shoulders, puncturing the animal's heart and killing it. Next, a team of mules or horses drags the dead animal out of the ring. After the matador kills the bull, it is sent to a slaughterhouse.
Every year, approximately 250,000 bulls are killed in bullfights. At bullfights, the audience cheers as sentient animals are taunted, injured, and often killed. Veterinarians, zoologists and ex-matadors themselves agree that bulls are submitted to unnecessary stress and suffering both in and out of the ring.
- How many bulls are in the Bull Run? In total, you will see 12 animals. There are six bulls which can be identified immediately by their darker coloring, either black or brown. The other six bulls are actually steers, recognizable by their lighter coloring, usually white and brown spots.
- According to one expert, Alexander Fiske-Harrison, author of Into The Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight, a total of 533 bullfighters have been killed in Spain since 1700. But while deaths are uncommon, injuries are not.
Bullfighting banned and traditionally not practiced. Bullfighting banned, but other spectacles involving fighting cattle protected by law. A recent Constitutional Court ruling might make it legal again. Bullfighting legal in most places, but banned in some.
- The festival of San Fermín is a week-long, historically rooted celebration held annually in the city of Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. It is known locally as Sanfermines and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre.
- Beef cattle solely raised for the purpose of beef only live for 18 to 24 months before being slaughtered for their meat. Beef cows and bulls have a much longer lifespan. Cows especially average 10 years, though it's not uncommon for them to live to 15, and others even older.
- Because bulls are herd animals and naturally social, the isolation they face prior to an even can also contribute to their aggression. They are alone in the ring surrounded by humans, who end up essentially harassing the bull. In its natural setting in the presence of other cattle, bulls show less aggression.
Updated: 23rd September 2018