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Spain: Activist Jumps Into Bullring To Comfort Dying Bull
Aug 14, 2015
As she was pulled off the bull, the crowd of bullfighting fans jeered, yelling "fuera!" (get out) in unison. "They called me names," said Ruiz, "they kicked me, they spit on me, they told me to go back to the kitchen and they called me a whore." The bull was stabbed to death.
Ms. Ruiz attended the bullfight alone on a day that had free admission—she did not buy a ticket to enter the 9000-seat arena. She claimed her intention was to merely film the cruelty in the ring, which was only three-fourths full despite the free admission yesterday. Impulsively, when she heard the bull cry out, she jumped down and walked toward him. "Because I was walking, not running, they [the crowd] didn't yet realize I am an activist until I got very close to the bull," said Ruiz. "He was still alive before they could do the final stabbing with the small knife in the back of the neck. He was crying, he tried looking at the people," she said.
Ms. Ruiz, who has been an anti-bullfighting activist since 2008, said there
were at most, only 1500 people in the ring. The side of the arena which was in
the sun was empty and the shady side was only three-fourths full, she said,
including "many children in attendance."
After Ms. Ruiz was violently escorted out and held illegally, she was grilled on the spot by local police, who noted her address. She will be receiving a notice for trespassing and will have to pay a fine of up to 6000 Euros ( $6700). The European parliament subsidizes the blood sport of bullfighting with 600 million Euros per year.
"I feel I was doing the right thing," said Ms. Ruiz. "He knew I was
fighting for his rights."