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Women Bull Fighters – 12 Amazing Facts About Bull Fights – Postcards from Spain

Women Bull Fighters - 12 Amazing Facts About Bull Fights - Postcards from Spain

Women Bull Fighters – 12 Amazing Facts About Bull Fights – Postcards from Spain

1.  Victor Barrio Dies – Famous Bull Fighter in 2016

Victor Barrio was gored by a bull during a bullfight in Teruel, Spain, he was 29 years old, no Bullfighter had died since Jose Cubero in 1985

2.  Is Bull Fighting Legal?  The practice of Bullfighting is controversial because of a range of concerns including animal welfare, funding, and religion. Bullfighting is illegal in most countries, but remains legal in most areas of Spain and Portugal, as well as in some Hispanic American countries and some parts of southern France

3.  Women in Bullfighting -In 1974, Angela Hernandez (also known as Angela Hernandez Gomez and just Angela), of Spain, won a case in the Spanish Supreme Court allowing women to be bullfighters in Spain; a prohibition against women doing so was put in place in Spain in 1908.[

List of Women Bull Fighters Here

Hilda Tenorio Ovacion  of Mexico, was one of the first female bullfighters to gain prominence; she debuted as a bullfighter.

Women Bull Fighters - 12 Amazing Facts About Bull Fights - Postcards from Spain
Hilda Tenorio Ovacion Woman Bull Fighter of Mexico

 4.   What Happens to the Bull After the Fight?  If the Matador wins the contest,  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.  it is sent to a slaughterhouse. Its meat is then sold for human consumption,  in times past was used for dog food, but in recent has been used for organic human Consumption.

Women Bull Fighters - 12 Amazing Facts About Bull Fights - Postcards from Spain
Bull Fighter Making the Victory Thrust

5.   Do They Still Kill The Bull at the End of the Fight?  It is a Fight to the Death – Man vs Bull

6.    How many Bullfights are there Each Year? – Every year, approximately 250,000 bulls are killed in bullfights

7.   Why are the Bulls so Mean? – A particular breed of cattle, the Spanish Fighting Bull, is used for this type of bullfighting. These bulls must be bred in large ranches, and in conditions as similar as possible to the way they would live in the wild certain combination of aggression, energy, strength, and stamina.  The fighting bull is characterized by its aggressive behavior, especially when solitary or unable to flee. Many are colored black or dark brown, but other colorations are normal. They reach maturity slower than meat breeds as they were not selected to be heavy, having instead a well-muscled “athletic” look, with a prominent morillo, a complex of muscles over the shoulder and neck which gives the bull its distinctive profile and strength with its horns. The horns are longer than in most other breeds and are present in both males and females. Mature bulls weigh from 408.2 to 700 kg (900 to 1,543 lb.  Check out this Spanish Bull Breeding Ranch.

8.   Bull Fighting A particular breed of cattle, the Spanish Fighting Bull, is used for this type of bullfighting. These bulls must be bred in large ranches, and in conditions as similar as possible to the way they would live in the wild history.  They are mostly Bred, Free Range

9.   Bull Fighting Rules – the matador. Danger for the bullfighter is essential; if there is no danger, it is not considered bullfighting in Spain. Matadors are usually gored every season, with picadors and banderilleros being gored less often.

10.  Spanish Style Bull Fighting – Stage 1 The Matador observes the Bull as it charges and escapes the charging of the cape.  Stage 2 the matador attempts to plant two barbed sticks (banderillas, literally “little flags” as they are decorated with paper in the local colors) in the bull’s shoulders.  Stage 3  the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape or muleta in one hand and a sword in the other. This cape is stretched with a wooden dowel and, in right-handed passes, the sword as well.Having dedicated the bull to an individual or the whole audience, the matador uses his cape to attract the bull in a series of passes, both demonstrating his control over it and risking his life by getting especially close to it.  It is Over when the Matador plunges his sword into the heart of the Bull.

10.  Bull Wrestling – is different, this is a non lethal bull fight staged between two Bulls, also called Cow Fighting or Bull Fighting.   Done in Turkey, southwest Asia, Balkans,Western Asia, and South Asia.

11.  Bans on Bull Fighting – Bullfights by matadors were banned in Catalonia at the end 2011 but bull-dodging, in which bulls are . not killed, remains lawful. The last bullfight in Catalonia took place on 25 September 2011 at La Monumental. In October 2016 the Catalonian ban on bullfighting was overturned by the Spanish Constitutional Court.  Bullfighting is already banned by law in many countries, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom.  International Humane Society

12.  Bull Fighting in Spanish Politics – News  Tradition – “a sacrificial ritual where man must risk his life in order to be allowed to kill the animal”.

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