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An Alternative to Bull Fighting?
16 August 2018 @ 14:11


Whether for it or against it, everyone knows about bullfighting. But how many people have heard of bull jumping—bullfighting’s more likable and entertaining cousin?

Bull jumping, or 'recorte', is the art of confronting a bull without any weapon besides your own agility and wit. In it, recortadores—the bull-leaping equivalent of the matador—simply evade the bull by turning their waists, side-stepping, or leaping over the bull, yes, literally leaping over the bull.

This short video on bull leaping, produced by Great Big Story, takes you into the world of Jose Manuel Medina, a recortador. Along with countless other people in Spain, Medina dedicates his life to facing bulls in the ring with nothing to defend himself, and no intention of harming the animal.



“Everyone knows that a bull can kill you,” Medina says in the video. “But I don’t see it that way. I think it’s the opposite. The bull gives me life.” As he turns seconds before the bull pierces him with its horns, and performs acrobatic leaps over the massive animal, it is easy to understand this contradiction.

Several animal rights groups that oppose bullfights support bull leaping, with the argument that this tradition causes no physical harm to the animal. Others believe that the emotional stress that the animal endures is cruel, and that this practice—along with similar ones like American rodeo—should be banned. Personally I don't see anything wrong with this practice, its not much different to any sport that involves animals, it most certainly can't be compared to circus acts where wild animals are 'domesticated' through punishment. These bulls are wild and never trained to do anything, they just use their instinct to go after the 'recortador'. 

What do you think? 

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Falcón said:
16 August 2018 @ 17:35

LOVE this article but it is also super dangerous because people who is doing it aren't professionals bull .
I LOVE this video because I can see traductor in English really good.

tony said:
18 August 2018 @ 11:16

i had a go as matador in mock bullfight with young bulls in mallorca maybe 40 years ago. i did ok made quite a few passes and got a lot of oles and applause. what i quickly saw was the bulls had done it many times and were very tricky as they didnt always go for the cape [which is very long and heavy to handle] but would aim for me. also they had a nasty habit of stopping the charge and trying to gore u . i enjoyed but declined to jump over the bulls head after seeing the pro matador get a gash on his inside leg very near the groin after his demonstration. inside the shelter was a shelf with all spirits and he availed himself liberally before asking who was ready to try. no health and safety in spain in those days ha ha ps as group bulls do tend to split and run around a a group sitting in chairs in front of their charge but dont sit on outside can be painful ole tony

Julie said:
18 August 2018 @ 11:20

It’s still tormenting an animal for amusement.

Anne basrnett said:
18 August 2018 @ 17:22

Actually Julie, so you dont think that playing with a dog or cat with a toy and teasing them is not cruel?? your comment is totally iirrelevant.

I think there will always be bullfighting, it will eventually be sport for the older person and then passed down through the ages!!! its getting there now. The bulls have a wonderful life they are in an area where they can do what they like and they can enjoy their life and the grass grows high.

artistana said:
03 November 2018 @ 10:03

I agree with Julie. It's yet another unnecessary way of harming an animal. We have other ways to enjoy ourselves: art, books, music, films, sports, dancing, nature... Come on fellow humans! There's no need for any type of cruelty, we're better than that.

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