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Bullfighting. Monumental ring, Barcelona, Spain

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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2011

Bullfighting at Barcelona's Monumental ring on June 26 2011.

The Bullfight commences with a ceremonious entry of the Cuadrillas and the Alguacile. It is the custom for three teams each to fight two bulls. After the ceremonial parade the sport commences with the entry of the chosen bull and this is then teased by the Cuadrillas and the Matador joins in with his cape to test the qualities of the bull. The mounted Picadors are next to enter and weaken the bull in the neck with their picas and join those on foot whom plant their bandillas. When the time is right and the bull's head is sufficiently bowed the Matador takes center stage. Using proud sweeps of the cape coupled with the expected artistic use of the body the crowd is duly entertained. Finally the Matador must stab swiftly and cleanly the heart of the bull to cause immediate death. Unfortunately, this end result is not always perfectively achieved and the Matador can quickly suffer the displeasure of the spectators by being booed. A good performance receives the ultimate acclaim of the bull's ears and tail.

Apparently the bull is treated like royalty up until the fight. That said, I still think it's a bit cruel to prolong the bulls death for the duration of the bullfight, as well as just doing this for sport.

The last bullfight in Barcelona was on 25th Sept 2011 - Read about it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europ...

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