PHOTO NOTE: The name of the Matador in this photo is unknown.
Some say, the Matador’s posture is not one of sadness, but one of defiance to the bull.
This post ponders the few Matadors who have choosen to walk away.
looks into the eyes
of a sentient, living being,
and sees it’s soul,
stops in the middle of an unfair fight,
walks to a ledge inside the stadium,
hangs his head
and begins to cry.
A number of bullfighters throughout history, after recognizing the sentience of the living being they are torturing, have walked away from bullfighting forever. One such ex-bullfighter, turned animal rights activist was Alvaro Munera, who was quoted:
“And suddenly, I looked at the bull.
He had this innocence
that all animals have in their eyes,
and he looked at me with this pleading.
It was like a cry for justice,
deep down inside of me.
I describe it as being like a prayer –
because if one confesses,
it is hoped, that one is forgiven.
I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
Chiquilín, another repentant bullfighter,
claims to have seen bulls weeping.
He says that he cannot kill even a fly nowadays.
Read excerpts from the Alvaro Munera interview here:
Blessings on those who from a place of empathy and compassion,
take action to protect, defend and lend voice,
to innocent, sentient, living beings,
who cannot speak for themselves.
We feel. We suffer.
And in our suffering . . .
We suffer as equals.
~Gerean Pflug for The Animal Spirits