oa South African Medical Journal - The surgical aspects of bullfighting

Volume 28, Issue 37
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



After a close study of bullfighting in all its phases one comes to the inevitable conclusion that compared with rugby and the domestication of animals, it is the least dangerous, and far less cruel than the everyday tortures inflicted on animals such as castration, branding, cropping of ears and tails, starving and overcrowding in trucks, and finally the brutal cruelty perpetrated at the abattoirs, where a struggling steer, already maddened by the smell of blood, is slowly but surely drawn by the aid of a machine-driven windlass, to the so-called 'humane killer'.

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