Do you know what happens at a bull fight? You know it's gruesome, but do you know how gruesome? You know that the bull is killed but do you know the extent to which it is tortured before it dies? Did you know that the bull is tortured for several days before the the fight begins, that it enters the ring in a weakened, drugged, incapacitated state? Did you know that it has its appendages cut off, one after another, ear, tail, etc? It is dismembered, part by part, while still living.
I am going to put up a piece about bull fighting by a British humane organization, and it sickens me, but my ulterior reason for doing so is to raise the question: What reason is there to think that Lee Harvey Oswald would have ever wanted to watch such a gross and unspeakable atrocity? It's not like he was part of that culture. It's not like he ever showed a penchant for such a thing. The fact that this was written into the story is one more reason to doubt that he ever went to Mexico City.
BULLFIGHTING: THE FACTS
THE MYTHIt seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was. It is difficult to understand how crowds of people will pay money and take pleasure in watching one lone creature - who has never done them any harm — getting hacked to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?
Bullfighting has a very glorified public image — it is presented as a contest between the brave matador, who boldly risks life and limb to tackle a mad and ferocious beast. The matador is always dressed in a traditional costume of brilliant colours: the bullfight is seen by many as the mysterious ritual between man and beast, which is an integral part of Spanish culture and custom. For this reason, many tourists who visit Spain feel that seeing a bullfight is a necessary part of their holiday, just as tourists visiting Britain go to see the Tower of London.
However, after witnessing the sheer horror of this sickening slaughter, only the most hardened and callous would consider a second visit to the bullring. The purpose of this booklet is to fully explain what the bull has to endure, both during his last hour of life in the ring, and also the other side of the bullfight not commonly known to the vast majority of people: the pre-bullfight treatment.