bullish? the magnificent Highland Bull in the featured image looks
so well cared for he reminds me of the expression “bullish”
which means optimistic about the future.
Although Highland Cattle are not used in bull fighting being a nordic breed they are related connected
to the captive bulls in Spain which are used in the bull rings for “bull fighting” and
street “entertainments” for humans.
It’s been another significant year for the bulls.
The College of Veterinary Surgeons in Madrid Spain have this year abolished a former” prestigious” prize to the world famous bull ring in Madrid- Las Ventas. The prize first awarded in 2002 has been awarded either for “The Best Bull of The Festival Of San Isidro “in Las Ventas or The Best Cattle Ranch ( who supply the bull ring)
Surreal you may think. Well fortunately AVATMA the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Against The Maltreatment of animals has successfully petitioned their governing body to abolish the prize- that which is associated with cruelty and mistreatment notwithstanding what is deemed ” legal” and ” cultural.”
The withdrawal of such a seal of approval helps the bulls and endorses the growing number of Spaniards across the board, concerned for the need for compassion and respect for the animals in their country.
“Everything I have done, am doing, and shall do follows the dictates of reason and the laws of chivalry,”
author of the world renowned literary masterpiece Don Quixote).
There is certainly a lot of amazing culture in Spain, music, art, literature dance, the rich language for example which the nationals and various people embrace and have no difficulty appreciating. None of these involves the suffering of animals.
In his iconic illustration which is the domino effect re the maltreatment of the bulls in his native country, Alejandro Cervantes list places of cruelty aligned to end and we have seen this with the former medieval and gruesome “Bull Tournament “in Tordesillas
The respectful and peaceful. momentum against cruelty and the resultant eradication of such
suffering and it’s symbology is the entry of light into this world.
Written by WendyDatta
Highland bull photo
by Jon Durrant
Domino Illustration by Alejandro Cervantes