The bulls are not aggressive. These animals are by nature equally or even more friendly than dogs.
Fadjen, a mediatic bull, rescued by Christophe Thomas from a Spanish bull breeder, is now an excellent example that the bull aggressiveness, is nothing but a myth, touted by bullfighting people.
Ethology explains that the behavior is not determined by genetics but by environmental and animal interactions. Regardless of genetic traits, animal behavior is always conditioned, ultimately, by the purpose and character of those who create them.
In order to make bulls more responsive, so that they can fight them, the bull breeders create them in an extensive system, with very little contact with humans, subjecting them to harsh training at all levels. The physical ones are worthy of a high competition athlete.
Occasionally, some die suddenly due to excessive effort to which they are subjected.
Sometimes bulls are drugged with "Rompum" and "Calmivet". Two anesthetic substances which administered in small quantities, cause a calming effect, but the "right" dose isn't always well calculated, leading some to die from an overdose, even before entering the arena.
Science has proven a long time ago, that all sentient beings, group of which human beings are part of, have the capacity to experience physical and psychological suffering, such as stress, fear, panic, anxiety and sadness. They suffer psychological trauma and develop depressions too, as well as affections and even build relationships with other beings, including humans.
In the ability to feel, the animals are no different from humans.
The bull is entitled to his physical and psychological integrity, and especially has the right not to be used as a subject of torture, to the delight of a minority that is not even representative of the Portuguese people.
As many other species, the bull may well live in freedom and peacefully in their habitat, even if it's in protected areas, so the preservation argument, as a justification of bullfighting, is not acceptable.
It's not admissible, that in the 21st century, a civilized country like Portugal, may host a tradition that violates 90% of the main points of the UNESCO's Universal Declaration of Animal Rights:
1 - All animals have the same right to live.
2 - All animals are entitled to be respected
and protected by man.
3 - No animal should be mistreated.
4 - All wild animals have the right
to live free in their habitat.
5 - The animal that man chooses for companion,
should never be abandoned.
6 - No animal should be used in
experiments that cause him pain.
7 - Any act which endangers the life of an animal
is a crime against life.
8 - Pollution and environmental destruction
are considered crimes against animals.
9 - Animal rights must be defended by law.
10 - Man must be educated from childhood to observe,
respect and understand animals.
But It isn't just animal rights, the ones violated by bullfighting.
Psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and others have shown that watching bullfights causes psychological trauma in children, making them tolerant to violence and leading the adults to aggressivity. This was one of the arguments that led to the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia, in Spain, where tradition was much stronger than in Portugal.
The Portuguese are ashamed of bullfighting!
Reedited by: C. Vantacich
In this video, were used parts from "Grande Reportagem -
Red and Black", broadcasted on SIC Television, in 2003, by:
Journalist: Cristina Boavida
Cameraman: Odacir Junior
Edition: Marco Carrasqueira
The re edition of this video was authorized by the authors.