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MEXICO: Education and the Mexican people

Linda Nyquist writes:

"It would be wonderful to hear more about this group to which Mr. Castillo refers that is trying to ban bullfights. I applaud their efforts. You know my feelings well on this subject. Sure, killing a bull in the ring is, frankly, probably no worse than the fate dealt animals in the slaughter lines here in the United States. But I object to the idea that a human sees a recreational opportunity in witnessing the death of an enraged animal. What kind of message is this to send to children, as well as adults, and how does it translate into other human behavior? I believe that we see very clearly just how it does translate.

While in Mexico a few weeks ago I got into quite a debate over this issue with a friend of many years whose ethnic roots are Basque. She is actually a wonderful woman whom I care for deeply, but I cannot understand the love of bullfighting. There are so many beautiful things in the world to see and appreciate. Surely, the violent death of an animal is not one of them.

In terms of the discussions we have had about raising the level of education and culture of the masses so that they can compete an international level, this is a further example of wasted revenues. Sure, the wealthy ranchers in the north watch bullfights, but they also spend winters in Paris. There are huge differences".

My comment: Animals slaughtered in this country die almost immediately, unless they are killed the kosher way, which I am sure the animals do not view as kosher. In bullfights, the bulls have a long agony. In Spain, the traditionalists defend bullfighting. The Franco consul in San Francisco once had me to dinner. His defense of bullfighting fell on deaf ears. Lest I be accused of cultural chauvinism, let me say that I view prize fighting with equal distaste. It was the liberal Blasco Ibaņez who led the fight against bullfighting in Sangre y arena (translated as Death in the Afternoon).

Ronald Hilton - 12/8/01