Tell 60 Minutes To Present the Truths About Bullfighting

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Originally Posted: 21 April 2009

Tell 60 Minutes To Present the Truths About Bullfighting

Tell 60 Minutes to produce and air a segment that shows how bullfighting impacts the animals...not the "matador celebrities."

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Story Editor
60 Minutes
524 West 57th Street
New York NY 10019

INFORMATION

See the 60 Minutes segment, Blood Brothers Revisited
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/16/60minutes/main4526581.shtml

This segment focused on the "new" celebrity status of two brothers who are fast-rising stars in Spain because of their bullfighting.

Tell 60 Minutes to present the facts of bullfighting from Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE). Visit that link for brutal images.

There are three acts in the fight with each bull:

1. The act of the picadores. The damaging of the muscles of the bulls necks with the pica, a spiked lance. This is done by the picador, a man mounted on a horse. The horse is blindfolded, has his ears stuffed with wads of newspaper and on occasions has his vocal chords cut. The horse is covered with padding.

2. The placing of the banderillas. Up to six banderillas or harpoons are allowed. These have a 5cm metal end with a sharp point and barb.

3. The matador [finally the matador shows up...] uses the muleta (red cloth and stick) to make a few passes and then with a sword he attempts to kill the bull. If he fails, he then uses an Estoque de descabellar (sword with a crosspiece near the point that turns the end into a stabbing knife), with which he attempts to sever the spinal cord behind the head. Then the bull's spinal cord is finally cut through with a puntilla (stabbing knife).


Visit our image gallery to see pictures and descriptions of what happens to bulls in "the ring."

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