Sarah Black writes to us: I am just wondering if you can pass on any information as to why bullfighting is being allowed for this so-called multicultural celebration? This is an appalling “sport” and is incredibly cruel. I am ashamed that in this day and age, this torturous activity is still allowed to continue. I, for one, will be boycotting the entire festival and the park, and notifying everyone I know of this horrendous act.
I do apologize if you are not the actual organizer but you are the only contact I could find. Shame on the organizers for allowing this.
Our answer: we are not the organizer of this event, and are not promoting it in our web-site because it costs $40-$60. This price is outside our guidelines for free or nearly-free events. This being said, Portuguese bullfighting in Ontario has been going on for at least five years among people from the Azores. As far as I know, no bulls have been hurt. They are teased with capes into chasing the humans. No knives are used. No blood is shed. It’s more teasing than fighting. The only sentient beings who get possibly hurt have been human.
If you object to this sport, you might want to send letters to the editor of newspapers like The Toronto Star. You might want to send a protest to Toronto City Council and the Ontario government who have obviously approved the event, and to animal rights’ groups. Ruth.
Sarah Black responds: Thank you so much for forwarding the correct information. Seeing something like that gets the blood boiling and it is difficult to find the right contact. I don’t mind if you publish my first name and the email address. I will definitely send an email – even if it is bloodless, I definitely do not think it should still be allowed to continue!
I hope our readers will send us their opinions on this controversial subject too. For their reference, the event in question is on June 15 and 16 at: http://www.soletoiros.ca/Gallery/ViewMedia/tabid/62/SelectedModuleid/391/ItemID/283/rtabid/40/Default.aspx