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MEXICO: The Bulls...

The debate about bullfighting has produced a crop of messages, this one from England. John Heelan quotes the posting which begins: "Surprisingly, a contrary view comes from Colombia. Mario Vinasco writes: "I heard in Colombia similar arguments about the vaseline in the bull's eyes and the tranquilizers. These are not hard facts, just myths for which there is no strong evidence. " He goes on toe comment:

"In which case, I refer Mario Vinasco to the report on the Feria de Valdemorillo (reported in EL PAÍS 5 February 2001) in which the bullfighting critic correspondent asks if the poor performance of the bulls was due to their having mad cow disease. He also points out that the current legal requirement to burn the bulls' bodies also make it impossible to check the animals for shaved horns, sickness or drug addiction. One hopes that professional bullfighting critics are able to distinguish between myth and reality."

My ignorance: We posted a story on the consumption of the bull's meat by Spanish lovers of the sport, now worried that mad cow disease would endanger their favorite dish, Presumably the "current legal requirement" is new and solves the gourmet's problem. However, I have heard of nothing similar in Colombia or Mexico.

Mario Augusto Gutiérrez says that in Colombia there is a protest movement against bullfighting, but the media pay no attention to it because bullfighting s good for their business, and bullfighting itself is a business, sometimes used to launder drug money. He asks how bullfighting can be called a world sport, when it is practiced in only five countries.

Ronald Hilton - 2/08/01