July 11, 2016
Spanish Bullfighter Dies From Bullfighting
Whether it’s Harambe the gorilla or the Rio jaguar, 2016 has given us chilling reminders that wild animals are better off in the wild. But the most horrific reminder yet came this weekend after matador Victor Barrio was gored to death on live TV. Activists have long criticized the tradition of bullfighting, which is a horrific scene to watch anyway. To make matters worse, Barrio died the same day a 28-year-old man was killed by a bull near Valencia in another Spanish family-friendly activity: Running with the Bulls. The tradition of letting massive, deadly and terrified bulls run erratically through the streets while people run for their lives is a centuries-old tourist trap. Many of Spain’s towns hold annual festivals that involve bulls and several people die each year. Spain has plenty of other wonderful traditions; it might be time to retire this one.
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