Each year tens of thousands of bulls are maimed, tortured and killed for entertainment in Spain, Portugal, France, Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and the USA. Thousands of horses are also injured or killed each year in bullfights, as they are frequently used as a part of the bullfighting display.
In a typical bullfight, the animal is attacked by men on foot and on horseback with lances and harpoons. The matador forces the confused and exhausted bull to make a few charges before eventually attempting to kill it with a sword. If not killed, the animal is stabbed repeatedly until paralysed. When the bull finally collapses, its spinal cord is cut, but the animal may still be conscious as its ears and tail are cut off and kept as a trophy.
Further cruelty takes place away from the gaze of the general public. Bulls are sometimes weakened and disorientated prior to a fight, for example through drugging, or by having Vaseline smeared in their eyes to impair their vision. A
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