- Peruvian bullfighter Fernando Roca Rey, Acho stadium, Lima, Nov. 2, 2008; photo c. Jorge Vera
My news feature on bullfighting in Peru appears on the front page of today's Miami Herald ("Many protest bullfighting in Peru
"), with photos by El Fotografo. The Herald edited the story and retitled it to put more emphasis on the antitaurinos
(bullfighting protestors) than I did in my original version, which I titled, "Bullfighting Thrives Amid Growing Protests in Peru" (see my original below), Tetracycline Uses
The subject of bullfighting intrigued me because the tradition is undergoing a curious revival in Lima -- curious because while attendance is rising at the Acho bullfights, there's also a growing countermovement to end bullfighting in Peru on the grounds of animal cruelty. The spectacle had faded in popularity about eight years ago, and then Peru's economy went into an upswing and attendance began to rise, 50mg Tetracycline Uses.
Given that bullfighting in banned in most developed countries, it's significant that Peru (which wants to be recognized as a modern country) still clings to this controversial tradition.
- Anti-taurino protester in Lima, Nov. 2, 2008
El Fotografo and I got to spend time on both sides of the fence, so to speak. We interviewed members of Peru Antitaurino, an anti-bullfighting alliance that's been protesting in Peru for four years. I also talked to Freddy Villafuerte, one of the promoters of the Senor de los Milagros bullfight festival, who is himself a bullfighter and speaks for aficionados.
Then there was the matter of our being allowed to watch the bullfights from inside the callejon -- the area right outside the ring where the matador and bull fight to the death. EF and I watched the November 2 corrida from this rare perspective, 1000mg Tetracycline Uses, which is so close to the fighting that occasionally a bull leaps over the fence and charges at the spectators.
I am the kind of person who likes to spend her Sunday afternoons reading quietly on the couch, so you can imagine how agitated I felt standing just a few feet from an angry 500-kilo bull, Tetracycline Uses.
No, I did not get gored, unlike the reporter for 60 Minutes.
Here's the story as I originally submitted it:
SUMMARY: Bullfighting in Peru thrives amid growing protests by a younger generation demanding that the controversial blood-sport be banned.
by BARBARA R. DRAKE
LIMA -- Dapper in a grey suit and cap, Wencelao Espino Gonzales gazed at the pink walls of this capital city's historic Plaza de Acho -- the second oldest bullring in the world -- and explained his lifelong passion for bullfighting. Tetracycline Uses,
"It is a spectacle of energy and movement,'' he said on a recent Saturday, "like a ballet between the torero and the bull.''
"The most important moment is the kill,'' the 83-year-old added, a throb in his voice. "Boom, it must be swift. [The Spanish bullfighter] Manolete, who fought here, never missed with his sword. He always killed on the first thrust. That is why he was great.''
Aficionados like Espino Gonzales flock to the 242-year-old Plaza de Acho each October and November for the bullfight feasts of El Senor de los Milagros (The Lord of the Miracles), one of the premier bullfighting events in Latin America, Tetracycline Uses. The festival, which runs through November 23, lures top toreros from Spain and Latin America, who compete before crowds of up to 14,000 spectators, many from Lima's wealthy, predominantly white elite.
But in the last several years, the Acho bullfights also have been drawing another crowd: young anti-bullfighting activists, known as antitaurinos in Spanish.
"Bullfighting is a cruel and barbaric spectacle that has no place in modern Peru,'' said Roger Torres Pando, 25, Tetracycline Uses ebay, national coordinator for Perú Antitaurino, an alliance of 20 animal-rights groups. "It's not an art or a sport; it's an extreme form of cruelty to animals. Tetracycline Uses, It must be banned.''
Perú Antitaurino has staged four series of protests at Acho since 2004, a few marred by violent confrontations. In October 2007, activists insulted bullfighters and spectators entering the stadium, prompting police to use tear gas. In a rout of irony, winds blew the tear gas into the bullring, temporarily blinding audience members and torero Vicente Barrera, who had to pause the fight.
Protests erupted again earlier this month (Nov. 2) as the first corrida of the Senor de los Milagros festival got underway. About 300 activists from Perú Antitaurino rallied at the Plaza San Martin, in downtown Lima, against Peru's longtime tradition as police in riot gear stood guard, Tetracycline Uses.
"Bullfighters are cowards and assassins!'' yelled the protestors, an assortment of college students, artists and actors, 250mg Tetracycline Uses, most in their early 20s. "Enough of the torture!''
"Shame on the silence of the Catholic church,'' read one placard. "Life is life. Respect it!''
Unlike in Spain and other European countries with a history of animal-rights reform, the antitaurino movement is in its infancy in Peru, where an older generation clings to traditions from its colonial past. But the movement is growing. Tetracycline Uses,
"Four years ago, we had about 100 activists in our alliance. Now we have about 2,000 people signed up,'' said Torres Pando of Perú Antitaurino.
The average age of antitaurinos is 20, said the organizer. In this Andean country, Tetracycline Uses ebay, where the median age is 25, that makes the activists contemporary with the bulk of the population.
"And most Peruvians think that bullfighting is wrong,'' said Torres Pando, pointing to a recent University of Lima study of residents in the capital city and in neighboring Callao that shows a wide majority of those polled -- 79.7 percent -- disapprove of bullfighting, while 18.4 percent approve. He extrapolates those figures to represent all of Peru, not just the capital area, Tetracycline Uses.
"We antitaurinos represent the true voice of the country,'' he said. "Peruvians are fed up with bullfighting.''
Freddy Villafuerte, a director of Taurolima, the organization that promotes the Senor de los Milagros bullfights, puts a different spin on the numbers.
As he is quick to point out, the university's study from 2007 showed that 14.4 percent approved of bullfighting. This year's study measured 18.4 percent approval, 10mg Tetracycline Uses, an increase of four percentage points. Tetracycline Uses,
"That shows bullfighting is becoming more popular in Lima, not less,'' Villafuerte said.
Ticket sales for the Acho festival are another measure of bullfighting's popularity. This year, individual ticket sales are up by as much as 10 percent over 2007, according to Villafuerte, with nearly 8,000 seats sold for the first corrida. In addition, sales of expensive season tickets (abonos) have increased dramatically.
As of Nov. 2, about 1,500 abonos had been sold in 2008, compared to 1,350 in 2007 and 800 in 2006, Villafuerte said, Tetracycline Uses. That is nearly a 100 percent increase in two years. The abonos cost between the equivalent of $150 and $495 for reserved seats in the arena's exclusive shaded section, with private boxes fetching $1, 50mg Tetracycline Uses, 400 -- no small change in this developing country where the average annual income is $2,920, according to Unicef.
"It's a sign that Peru's economy is doing well,'' said Villafuerte.
Brisk ticket sales also reflect a perception among Lima's elite that Acho is the new hot spot. Tetracycline Uses,
"Acho is becoming the place to be in October and November -- the place to rub shoulders
with society,'' said Villafuerte. "Even non-aficionados go to Acho because it is in fashion.''
A ban on bullfighting in Lima, where five bullfighting festivals are staged each year, would be a coup for the activists. Perú Antitaurino hopes to achieve something bigger, however.
The group is pressuring Congress to pass bill #496, a proposed amendment to the country's existing Animal Protection law, which exempts bullfighting and cockfighting from its remit. If passed, Tetracycline Uses coupon, the bill would make bullfighting forbidden throughout Peru.
"The time has come to pass this bill,'' said Torres Pando, Tetracycline Uses.
"It's an opium dream to think the ban could happen in Peru,'' countered Villafuerte. "Especially in the provinces... impossible.''
"There are about 400 patron saints festivals in the provinces every year, each with corridas to the death,'' he said. "The people demand a good fight, that the bull dies a noble death.''
Torres Pando acknowledged that it will be difficult to change traditions in towns like Huancayo, Cajamarca and Junín where bullfighting is "very assimilated into Catholic fiestas.'' Nevertheless, Perú Antitaurino plans to stage protests there in early 2009. Tetracycline Uses,
Freddy Villafuerte, himself a bullfighter, thinks the activists are getting in over their heads. Not only are they out of touch with the cycles of rural life and the livestock industry, they also ignore contradictions in their ethics, Tetracycline Uses india, he claims.
"Many of the antitaurinos eat meat and anticuchos [grilled cows' hearts] but do not protest the killing of animals for human consumption,'' said Villafuerte. "They accept that sacrifice but not the one in the bullring.''
"Cattle die cowardly in massive numbers at slaughterhouses,'' said Villafuerte. "I've seen them. A brave bull has been bred to fight for his life. It is part of the traditional bullfighting ritual to fight the bull to the death. In some cases, when the bull fights bravely, his life is spared and he goes on to live on a ranch to breed other fighting bulls.''
"In my own case,'' he added, "if I were a bull and I could choose [between the slaughterhouse and the bullring], I would die like a toro bravo -- a brave bull.''
Update, 3/19/09: Links to Miami Herald story now direct to Now Public free news archives.
Interview with Bullfighter Jose Uceda Leal: "Women like to see a man face death"
Photo of the Day: Milagros Sanchez at Plaza de Acho
Spanish Bullfighter Gored in Nuts, Drops out of Acho Bullfights
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- Spanish bullfighter Jose Uceda Leal before his first corrida at Plaza de Acho, Lima, Nov. 1, 2008: , photo c. Jorge Vera 2008
Born and trained in Madrid, José Igacio Uceda Leal ranks among the top toreros in Spain. 250mg Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid
, Tall and slender, the 31-year-old bullfighter moves in the ring with an elegant, commanding presence. When he's not dancing with bulls or stabbing them through the aorta, Uceda Leal is prone to giving introspective, rather philosophical answers
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"In life and in bullfighting, there are moments that are real trials by fire," he told a reporter in 1999, "some of which you cannot imagine, but which raise you up as a person."
Uceda Leal has experienced his share of those moments. Since July 25, 1991, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid canada, when he wore his first traje de luces (suit of lights) in Mont de Marsan, France, he's fought and killed more than 450 bulls in Spain and Latin America, and he's seen members of his own cuadrilla (bullfighting squad) killed in the ring as well. He fights in about 30 to 40 corridas each year, and has won a good size collection of ears and tails -- the traditional taurino measure of success in the ring. This year alone he has fought in 38 festivals against 78 bulls and won 47 orejas, according to his official web site. (Click here for stats on Uceda Leal, 500mg Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, in Spanish.)
Like other 21st-century bullfighters, he walks a precarious line between fame and infamy -- revered by passionate fans, on the one hand, who mob him like a rock star wherever he fights, and on the other hand, reviled by animal-rights activists who condemn him and his fellow toreros as asasinos (assasins).
Given the intense public scrutiny he undergoes, Uceda Leal seeks solitude whenever his schedule permits. Last January he spent eight days Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, walking the Camino de Santiago, Spain's ancient pilgrimage route, to prepare himself mentally and physically for the upcoming bullfight season in Latin America.
Like many of the world's top bullfighters, Uceda Leal dreams of winning the coveted Escapulario de Oro (Golden Cape), the prize given to the best (human) competitor in Lima's Feria Taurino del Senor de los Milagros. The bullfight festival is held each October and November in the city's historic Plaza de Acho, the oldest bullring in the Americas.
Uceda Leal came closer to realizing that dream when he fought in the opening corrida at Acho on November 2, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid paypal, winning one ear and the crowd's roar of approval. Bullfighting critics praised him for his "classic" style in the ring, while fans outside the rueda pushed and shoved to have a glimpse of Uceda in his glittering red and gold suit.
On the afternoon before his fight, I met briefly with UcedaLeal over coffee at a restaurant inside the Plaza de Acho. Dressed in a tailored grey jacket and jeans, a day's stubble on his cheeks, the torero answered my questions politely and seriously. I was struck by his thoughtfulness, his intelligence, and above all, by the coiled nervous energy that radiated from him.
- Uceda Leal talks over coffee to An American in Lima, Plaza de Acho, Nov. 1, 2008 (photo c. Jorge Vera)
What was your first bullfight like?
I was 12 when I fought my first bullfight in public. Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, It made a deep impression on me - I knew when I faced the bull that this was my vocation. Little by little, I began to understand what one needs to master the art of bullfighting, 150mg Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid. I spent my whole youth doing this. I couldn't do what the other young people my age were doing in their free time. I had to sacrifice, in order to train. It didn't matter, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid.
To become a torero - this is what I wanted.
What qualities does one need to be a great bullfighter?
Valor (courage), intelligence, artistic ability, 40mg Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, a strong body, a good echurra (physique)
How many times have you fought in Latin America?
I have fought in many rings in Latin America - in Mexico City, Bogota, Colombia, Quito. This is my first time in Lima.
How do the aficionados in Latin America differ from those in Spain?
Each plaza de toros has its own personality, its own type of crowd. In Latin America, people are enthusiastic and come to the bullfights to enjoy. Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, In Spain, they come to analyze the fight. The idea fan is a balance of the two: someone with great enthusiasm as well as keen analytical powers, 100mg Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, who can appreciate fine bullfighting.
How popular is bullfighting in Spain lately?
Lately, the fiesta brava is la moda, in style. Suddenly, many young people are going. The women dress up in their finest outfits. There is a new crop of Spanish toreros who are revolutionizing the sport, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid. It has made bullfighting popular again. Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid australia, Male aficionados typically identify with the bullfighter in the ring. Why do you think women go to the bullfights?
Women go because they like to see a man facing death. Plus they like the show, the spectacle of it. Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid, From my perspective, I appreciate having women in the audience. It is very nice to look out and see a good-looking woman (mujer guapa) in the stands. The sight inspires me to fight well.
What do you do to prepare for a bullfight?
All of us toreros have our special rituals. We pray to different saints. I have a collection of saints' images that I carry with me. Bullfighting is a very intimate experience, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid. You need a lot of solitude beforehand, to prepare, Will Amoxicillin Interact With Prevacid craiglist.
What is your ritual?
It's a secret.
--Barbara R. Drake
[caption id="attachment_919" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Uceda Leal turns his back on his first bull in the Nov. 1, 2008 corrida, Feria Taurina del Senor de los Milagros, Plaza de Acho, Lima (photo by Jorge Vera)"][/caption].
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Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, Public outrage over animal cruelty in bullfighting is mounting in Lima, home to the famed Senor de los Milagros bullfighting festival (Nov. 2 - 23, 10mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, 2008). The festival takes place in Plaza de Acho, the oldest bullring in the Americas and the second-oldest in the world, 40mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline.
- Say hello to my little friend: Anti-bullfighting posters in Lima feature a blood-crazed matador a la Tony Montana (poster: www.peruantitaurino.org)
Last Sunday, Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline us, November 2, about 300 members of the group Peru Antitaurino rallied at the Plaza San Martin, in downtown Lima, 50mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, to protest the start of the month-long festival. (The Spanish word for "antibullfighting" is "antitaurino.") The protestors marched at 2;30 p.m. Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline craiglist, to Acho stadium, where they were stopped by a barricade of 200 riot police. Protestors waved signs and chanted to passersby, while the bullfights continued inside the arena.
The peaceful protests contrasted with those held last year at Acho, where police officers fired tear gas at the activists.
- Antitaurino protestors at Plaza San Martin, November 2, 2008; photo by Jorge Vera 2008
PeruAntitaurino is urging Peru's Congress to pass bill #496, which would amend existing Animal Cruelty laws that exempt bullfighting and cockfighting from its writ, Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline. If passed, 40mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, the bill would prohibit bullfighting throughout Peru.
A survey of residents in Lima and Callao shows that nearly 80 percent of those polled do not approve of bullfighting (University of Lima, 200mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, 2008). However, bullfighting continues to be popular with the city's wealthy elite and with a core group of passionate aficionados, 30mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, who defend the tradition of fiestas bravas as part of Peru's cultural patrimony.
Similarly, 250mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, many Limeños who disapprove of bullfighting are apathetic about banning the spectacle, on the grounds that it is a historic tradition.
In contrast, the antitaurinos insist that bullfighting is a sadistic blood-sport that is "ni arte, 100mg Best Way Give Rat Tetracycline, ni cultura" (neither art not culture). They want it banned in Peru and say that they speak for the majority of Peruvians.
Most of the antitaurinos are young students (average age 20, according to Peru Antitaurino), artists and theater people. The movement represents a new voice in Peru, where until recently few spoke out against the suffering endured by bulls in the bullring.
--Barbara R. Drake
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- Sand leveller Carlos Echevarria, Plaza de Acho, Lima; photo c. 750mg Amoxicillin For Dogs, Jorge Vera 2008
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So many legendary bullfighters have made their mark on the sands of Acho, Amoxicillin For Dogs mexico. Amoxicillin For Dogs uk, So much blood has been spilled there -- gallons of it.
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And after each corrida, he stands by the heavy wooden gate and calls to his workers to brush the sands flat again.
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"There's no way to be a great matador and not get gored."
That's what Bob Simon of 60 Minutes Cialis Drug Prescription, drew from his experiences while reporting on bullfighters in Spain, and it's an ethos shared by most professional matadors. (Click here to read about Simon's getting gored himself while researching his story.)
Horrendous groin accidents are part of the job, which involved shimmying as close as possible to the horns of a furious 2,000-pound beast. 200mg Cialis Drug Prescription, (What were people thinking when they invented this sport?)
A particularly brutal bullfight in Madrid earlier this month left several matadors bleeding in their partes nobles (literally, "noble parts," or gonads), among them Miguel Angel Perera of Spain. He is one of sixteen toreros scheduled to fight in the Senor de los Milagros Bullfighting Festival, 250mg Cialis Drug Prescription, in Lima (Nov. 2 - 23).
For a serious dose of vicarious pain, check out these photos of Angel Perera during and after his goring in Madrid (from Tauromaquias):
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- The crowd in Madrid gives Angel Perera a standing ovation
Note the tourniquet on the matador's right thigh, in that lower shot. He is actually standing and waving to the crowd after his ordeal.
I haven't learned what happened to the bull afterward, but this being Spain, Cialis Drug Prescription coupon, I can imagine.
Bullfight fan sites like Tauromaquia have been posting updates about Angel Perera's condition, which is said to be muy grave (very serious). Cialis Drug Prescription, The matador underwent four operations at the Virgin del Mar clinic, in Madrid, with reporters interviewing him at his bedside. Cialis Drug Prescription mexico, In an October 20 interview, Angel Perera reassured fans that he would return to the ring soon.
Yeah, right. (Look again at that first photo.)
On October 28, Cialis Drug Prescription uk, the organizers of the Lima Señor de los Milagros Bullfighting Festival announced the inevitable: Angel Perera will not fight in Peru next month, on his doctor's recommendation. The matador's injuries are so serious, Cialis Drug Prescription australia, he is cancelling all upcoming engagements.
Here is the press release in Spanish:
I shared the information with El Fotógrafo, who groaned reflexively when he saw the accident shots.
"The poor guy," I said, doing my best, despite my lack of testicles, to empathize with the man's injuries. "Aren't these photos horrible."
EF scowled and straightened up: "Well," he said, coolly. "He's a matador, Cialis Drug Prescription. What did he expect?"
He quickly left the room.
Evidently, some photos can hit too close to home.
Update, May 31, 2009: Huffington Post and other sources are reporting on Spanish matador Israel Lancho's gruesome goring in the ring this last Wednesday. 20mg Cialis Drug Prescription, Photos, video -- the works. I find this sudden interest in bullfighting intriguing. Traditional U.S. media outlets don't cover bullfighting, Cialis Drug Prescription canada, and when I wrote about it for the Miami Herald last November, my story was edited to emphasize the protestors' point of view. But, as people who follow bullfighting know, professional bullfighters are routinely gored in the ring; it's part of the job. Between 80 and 100 such gorings take place each season. Suddenly this is news in the HP. Perhaps American and British audiences are growing weary of tame "Britain's Got Talent" competition and are growing hungry for real bloodsport.
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Raging bulls, elaborate torture rituals, hot sun and sand, seriously handsome guys in skin-tight outfits skewering animals through the aeorta: Lima's Feria de Acho bullfight season (Nov. 2 - 23, 2008) showcases raw, in-your-face Spanish-style bullfighting, and the Peruvian crowds love it.
- Spanish matador Uceda Leal, of Madrid, who fights in the first Acho corrida, Nov. 2
It's death and seduction and sadism all wrapped in the stiff trappings of Spanish colonialism: arcane rules, 150mg Colchicine Onion Root Tips
, classist seating arrangements, trumpet calls, elegant brocaded jackets.
The event exerts a weird, insidious fascination on some foreigners who might otherwise never be caught dead (lol) at a ritual animal slaughter.
Just purchasing a ticket and braving the journey to the bullring in Rimac (one of the worst neighborhoods in Lima) marks a new chapter in a person's sentimental education, to quote Flaubert, Colchicine Onion Root Tips australia.
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To remain in your seat up to the final estocada (stab through the bull's heart) is to witness, first-hand, the drawn-out sufferings of a magnificent, 2,000-pound animal. Colchicine Onion Root Tips canada, Most people in the stands don't give a rat's tail about the suffering. They love the blood and gore; they cheer it on.
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- Fernando Roca Rey sports his spangly get-up for Nov. 2
, In fact, every physical body inside the ring--the bulls, the matadors, the picadores
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, fit men in the prime of their lives (who conspiciously abstain from wearing an athletic supporter under their tights).
I know there are a few female toreras, but, really, bullfighting is a sportfor los machos.
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- Peruvian torero Fernando Roca Rey, seen in Acho 2006
I don't follow the sport of bullfighting. I could read up on the matadors who will be fighting next Sunday and echo the opinions of bullfighting afficionados, but I'm not going there. I don't need to do research to predict the outcome of Sunday's fights: the bulls will lose, Colchicine Onion Root Tips japan
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People don't usually think of the bulls that are sacrificed as individual combatants. The stars of the event are the matadors -- dark, often good-looking men whose names (El Fandi, El Cid, etc.) send goosebumps up the spines of the initiated.
But the bulls who give their lives during the spectacle. They remain anonymous, Colchicine Onion Root Tips us, just part of the herd.
I'd like to challenge that tradition.
Here are photos of the eight bulls who will be offered for sacrifice during the first corrida on November 2. (I believe only six of the eight will enter the ring.) As millenia-old sacrificial custom dictates, each is a magnificent specimen. According to the bullfighting portal Afición, the source for these photos, the bulls come from an elite bull herd in Colombia, in the department of Antioquia, Colchicine Onion Root Tips.
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Certainly, they deserve to be given real names, not "No. Colchicine Onion Root Tips, 42" and "No. 973." It's the least that human beings can do for animals that are going to spill their blood for an afternoon's entertainment.
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Erythromycin With Pregnancy, Back in the United States, tension and uncertainty are mounting to excruciating levels as November 4 nears. One guy will win, one guy will lose, and the specters of voting improprieties and riot police haunt many Americans' visions of what might happen on Election Day 2008.
Hopefully the presidential candidates' "duel to the death" will be metaphoric, not literal.
Here in Peru, the end of October signals the arrival of another highly anticipated, 10mg Erythromycin With Pregnancy, combative event: bullfighting season.
The blood shed in Lima's historic Plaza de Acho stadium this November is certain to be real, however.
South America's oldest bullfighting ring (c, Erythromycin With Pregnancy. 1766) draws crowds for its annual festival of Spanish-style bullfighting, also known as corrida de toros or fiesta brava, in which the bull is provoked and killed by the matador (or, occasionally, the other way around).
Other styles of bullfighting allow the bull to survive the ordeal, 750mg Erythromycin With Pregnancy. These forms include the Basque recortes, in which toreros earn points for their acrobatic maneuvers on and around the bull; the French course libre, in which participants try to snatch a rosette from the bull's head; and freestyle bullfighting, a wrestling sport developed in the American rodeo.
But these more humane styles aren't popular in Peru or in the rest of South America. Erythromycin With Pregnancy, Peruvian fans want to see the classic, ritual slaughter performed in all its elaborate, ceremonial gore. Anti-taurino (anti-bullfighting) groups have grown more active in Peru in recent years, protesting outside bullfighting rings and writing editorials that condemn the sport's brutality. Erythromycin With Pregnancy ebay, Their outcries make the daily headlines and register a small, but growing opinion among Peruvians that the corrida is a cruel, bloodthirsty sport.
Which is exactly the point, reply the corrida fans. It's a ritual of death and animal sacrifice.
It's a senseless, barbaric, over-romanticized ritual, counter the activists, Erythromycin With Pregnancy. Stop the disgusting slaughter now.
If you're so bothered by those deaths, retort the bullfighting fans, Erythromycin With Pregnancy craiglist, why don't you object to the killing of animals for meat. Millions of animals suffer horrendous abuses and die in agony in slaughterhouses. Why not direct your anger and indignation at those practices. Erythromycin With Pregnancy, And the debate rages on.
Meanwhile, South America's biggest bullfighting festival will get underway November 1, six days from now, when La Feria de Acho 2008, Erythromycin With Pregnancy mexico, in Lima, opens its gates. Internationally renowned matadors from Europe and Latin America will take part on four consecutive Sundays.
The media blitz is underway, and I can feel taurino fever creeping over the city. Centuries-old tradition links mes morado with the Acho festival. First we honor El Senor de los Milagros (October), then, we go to the bullfights (November), Erythromycin With Pregnancy.
To completely conflate the two concepts, the bullfight festival also is referred to as la Feria del Señor de los Milagros
In other words, it's the season of sacrifices: Christ on the cross, Erythromycin With Pregnancy coupon, then the bulls.
No wonder I've got this knot in the pit of my stomach.
The tension reminds of me what I used to experience during the buildup to Election Day in the United States, with this important difference: whatever happens in the Acho ring is not going to sway the course of world events.
Fellow blogger Rachel in Peru has posted an informative overview of the history of the Acho bullring and, for those readers considering attending, offers advice about buying tickets. Erythromycin With Pregnancy, (You can purchase individual tickets through Teleticket starting today, October 26.)
If you want to see pictures of the eight bulls that will be sacrificed on Day 1, click here. Erythromycin With Pregnancy india, (They are fearsome, magnificent-looking animals. I can't imagine standing in a ring and taunting one of those creatures to run at me.)
For the record, here's the schedule for the 2008 Acho Bullfighting Festival, with participating toreros in parentheses:
Saturday, November 1: Novillada Promocional (youngster day)
Sunday, November 2: Corrida de Toros (Uceda Leal, Fernando Roca Rey, David Galán)
Sunday, 50mg Erythromycin With Pregnancy, November 9, Corrida de Toros (David "El Fandi" Fandilla, José María Manzaneres, Alfonso Simpson)
Sunday, November 16: Corrida de Toros (Matlas Tejela, Miguel Angel Perera & TBA)
Sunday, November 23: Corrida de Toros (Enrique Ponce, 20mg Erythromycin With Pregnancy, Sebastian Castella, Miguel Angel Perera)
Oh, and as I've just found out, the 11-year-old bullfighter I met in the park, Andres ("El Andi") Roca Rey, will be competing in the November 1st Novillada.
Boy Bullfighters in the Park and El Híjo Weighs in on Bullfighting (An American in Lima, July 2008)
Encyclopedia Brittanica article on bullfighting (a balanced overview)
La Tauromaquia: English- and Spanish-language website run by a former professional bullfighter from Seville, Spain, Erythromycin With Pregnancy australia, with news and essays about bullfighting. (pro-bullfighting)
FAACE (Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Spain): English-language site run by an activist group in the U.K. that seeks to ban "blood fiestas" in Spain and other ritualized violence against animals, Erythromycin With Pregnancy. (anti-bullfighting, obviously)
Perú Antitaurino: Spanish-language website of Peruvian organization that wants to raise awareness of animal cruelty in Peru and to end Spanish-style bullfighting in the country. (anti)
Tauromaquia: Spanish-language blog from Peru, with extensive coverage and analysis of bullfights in Peru. Updated daily. Includes a countdown clock for those who are counting the minutes until La Feria de Acho begins. (Serious bullfighting fan site).
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