May 22, 2014
Hindus want a complete ban on practice of bullfighting (corrida) in Spain
after matadors were gored by bulls at the opening event of Madrid's bullfighting
season on May 20 evening.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Spain
should follow the example of its regions Catalonia and Canary Islands and ban
the age-old tradition of bullfighting altogether; which he described as
barbaric, inhumane, horrendous, cruel and unacceptable. Spain could easily find
other ways to entertain its citizens and visitors, Zed added.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged other
countries of the world to outlaw bullfighting practice. European Union should
impose a Europe-wide ban on all blood-sports. People, whose jobs were thus
affected, should be rehabilitated in other jobs with related training.
Rajan Zed stressed that non-violence was a greatest virtue. We had long been out
of the caves. Let us get rid of these outdated traditions. World would be a
better place without these blood-sports.
Bullfighting was just plain cruelty and unnecessary tormenting and abuse of the
animals and not an art form, Zed pointed out. Bullfighting ban took effect in
Catalonia from January one, 2012, while it has already been banned in Canary
Islands since 1991. Spain holds an estimated about 2,000 bullfights annually and
has granted it a cultural heritage status.
Besides Spain, bullfighting is also practiced in France, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru,
Portugal, Colombia, and Venezuela. A typical bullfight usually is of 20 minutes
in which a bull is stabbed several times before the final blow with a sword
pushed between its shoulder blades. Said to dating back over 4,000 years, Nobel
Prize winner author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) mentioned bullfighting
tradition in his work "Death in the Afternoon".
According to Utrecht (The Netherlands) based CAS International: It is estimated
that worldwide more than 250,000 bulls, cows and calves are abused and slain
during bullfights and similar events every year.