Fury as bull fights bulldozer during Granada fiesta
THE regional government has launched an investigation after a bulldozer was used during a bullfight at a local fiesta.
The crowd looked on in horror as the ten-tonne earth moving machine entered the ring after the bull had refused to fight the human matador.
In a video captured by a member of the audience, the bulldozer is seen chasing the animal around the ring in a bid to get it to leave.
The animal retaliates by charging the machine with its horns, before the bulldozer attempts to scoop the bull up into its front bucket.
The crowd jeers as the machine is replaced by the matador, who kills the tiring animal.
Now the regional government is promising swift action against those who ordered the machine to enter the ring in Piñar, Granada.
“This is a reprehensible and intolerable act that should never have been allowed,” said Jesús Huertas, the provincial delegate for the Junta de Andalucía.
“We are going to deal with this firmly and forcefully to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
The council of the small town has denied any involvement, insisting the decision for the machine to be used was taken by a member of the Guardia Civil police force as a safety measure after the bull refused to fight.
But the Olive Press understands Piñar could be barred from holding any future bullfighting events. The Junta can veto any application for a bullfight if past breaches of regulations exist.
The horrific scenes, which occurred during the Santa Monica festival on May 3, left many spectators appalled.
One said how she felt sickened when she saw the machine enter the ring and chase the animal.
“Everybody around me was screaming and saying how cruel it was,” Manuela Fernández told local newspaper Granada Hoy.
Animal rights experts in Spain and abroad have called for tough action against both the fiesta organisers and the Junta.
A spokesman for the National Association for the Defence of Animals said the ultimate responsibility laid with the regional government.
“The blame for this rests with the Junta de Andalucía. These degrading scenes must not be forgotten.”
Alyx Dow, the anti-bullfighting programmes officer of the UK-based World Society for the Protection of Animals said: “We are appalled that the organizers of this festival have found yet another way of causing unnecessary and extreme pain to the bull. The decision to bring a bulldozer into the ring is a sad demonstration of the disregard of the animal’s welfare. There can be no excuse for this.”
Critic Anabel Alvarez, who commentates on bullfights for national radio station Cope, said the organisers were left with “no choice” after the animal refused to fight. “It is surreal to watch. I have never seen this happen before. Although something like this does not belong in a bullring, what else could they do?”
Matador talks of “shame”
THE matador who eventually killed the bull that was chased around the ring by a bulldozer has spoken of his shame at what happened.
Granada-born Nicolás López, or El Nico as he is known in the ring, said he did not order the machine to enter the ring after the animal had refused to engage in tradition combat.
“I killed the animal because I had to put a stop to what was going on,” the bullfighter said.
A crowd witnessed the horrific scenes in Piñar, Granada, when the machine entered the ring – temporarily erected for the Santa Monica fiesta in early May – in a bid to get the animal to leave the ring.
This was after the bull had refused to fight El Nico.
“What happened was when the bull came out, it just stood there. It did not want to do anything,” he said.
The matador exited the ring to be replaced by the machine.
“When I saw what was happening I went back. My colleagues thought I was crazy. They told me I would get gored. The animal was suffering. It was shameful.
“I tried to kill the animal in the most dignified manner possible, considering what had gone on. The crowd wanted me to cut its ears off (the crowd’s sign of respect towards the matador), but I refused. I just did what I had to do. The bullfighters had nothing to do with this,” he said.