No majority for bullfighting ban in Portuguese parliament!
Bullfighting has a long tradition not only in Spain but also in Portugal. And that’s how it will stay. Animal rights activists have failed today with a legislative initiative to ban bullfighting in the Portuguese parliament.
In the Portuguese Parliament, the only member of an animal protection party has failed in his attempt to obtain a ban on bullfighting. Only 31 of the 230 MPs supported on Friday the legislative initiative of André Silva from the party People – Animals – Nature (Pessoas – Animais – Natureza).
Other bullfighting in Portugal than in Spain?
“Cavaleiros” are called, wearing aristocratic costumes. Before the actual bullfight they ride with their entourage into the arena. At the “Cortesías”, their horses show off what they have learned in their years of dressage.
On the day before the corrida, the horns of the animal are sawed off in the device shown on the top right. This is mandatory with the Portuguese variant to protect humans and horses. Each horn is almost completely packed in a plastic wrap. The two parts are connected by a bridge on the forehead.
The sequence of the massacre
After the Cortesías, the bull comes into the arena. A rider lures the bull into the vicinity of the horse and stabs him with various skewers in the back. A pair of each type. There are skewers that seemingly break off in the back of the bull.The double blades of the skewers are about 18 cm long. The rider changes his horse three times. During the change, the Banderilleros entertain the audience, in which they keep the bull moving with their capotes.
Unlike in Spain, the bull is not killed in public in the arena but slaughtered after the fight. In the arena, the bull is attacked with stick-equipped sticks while Forcados try to grab him.
The bull is bleeding heavily now. Through the many sparkling skewers he looks like a “Needle pillow” .Nun the Forcados attack the bull.
They do that by setting themselves up pyramid-like.
Closest to the bull is the Cabo, who lures the bull with shouts. When the bull runs toward him, the cabo runs towards him and clings to his horns. The other Forcados follow him and soon a ball of men hangs on the bull.
This is called “Pega”. The bull inevitably stops, the forcados release him and jump over the barrier to safety. Except for the Cabo.
The hangs on the tail of the bull. The bull tries to shake it off and turns in circles. The Cabo can be looped a few laps and also runs away.
Since the bull in Portugal is not killed in the eyes of the public, he must be returned from the arena back to the stables. This is done by sending a group of young oxen, all of them with big cowbells, into the arena. The bull joins them and together they return to the stables. There are also variations on the Portuguese Corrida. Three Cavaliros can occur one after the other and attack two bulls, or two Cavaliros come together, who together attack a bull. In total, six bulls are tormented per event.
What happens after that
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to film during the corrida in the stables. The highly bleeding bulls are cut out the skewers without anesthesia. Often their wounds are “treated” with salt and vinegar to quench the bleeding. They are rarely treated medically, at most, if they are to serve as breeding bulls. The remaining animals are waiting, quite a few days, to be picked up by the butcher. This approach was described by a former Forcado.
The long “tradition” of bullfighting -massacre in Portugal
Bullfighting advocates say there is a constitutional right to cultural entertainment, which includes bullfighting with a long tradition in Portugal. Opponents say that bullfighting is also an animal cruelty in Portugal. In the Portuguese public, they find little agreement.
And I say: we have no democracy anymore.
We are governed by a crook oligarchy!
My best regards to all, Venus (Translation)