Many people consider bullfighting as a tradition that must be respected, but there is plenty of debate on whether it should continue.
Animal rights activists have been fighting this so-called tradition for decades. Bulls are forced to defend themselves in this barbaric way and as a result thousands are killed in the process every year.
Spain owes its bullfighting tradition in part to gladiator games and can trace its origins back to 711 A.D
It is not uncommon for many of the bulls to defend themselves, and in doing so end up harming matadors, as you will see in the video below.
Hilda Tenorio, one of the few female bullfighters, was in the bullring of Puebla, Mexico, when she was cornered by a bull.
She suffered facial injuries and needed surgery after the bull attacked her, according to local media El Sol de Puebla.
The half ton bull called “Querido Viejo” which translates as “My Dear Old Friend” charged at the bullfighter as she was kneeling on the ground.
The bullfighter suffered a broken and punctured upper palate and fractured cheekbones after the incident on May 3.
It’s not the first time Hilda has been injured in this dangerous occupation. in 2010 she was gored in the face and required 80 stitches.
A las 10 de la mañana la #Matadora #HildaTenorio ha sido ingresada a cirugía con pronóstico grave y el rostro literalmente fracturado en varias partes (maxilar/paladar/pómulos y órbitas oculares a reserva de descartar más lesiones) . La operación durará alrededor de 6 horas pic.twitter.com/m5uKvU0ZDW
— Plaza de toros El Relicario (@ElRelicarioPue) May 4, 2019
Following the incident, Hilda lay motionless as onlookers rushed in to help her, after being pinned to the side of the arena for a brief moment.
Later, Hilda posted these words on her Facebook page:
“I want to thank everyone for their expressions of affection.
“The injury is very serious and I have had a difficult night without being able to sleep, sitting because there was no other way.
“Doctors have said, after doing a tomography, that I have fractured my upper jaw (the palate is completely broken.)
“I am still waiting for the scheduled operation at 10 am which they said will last approximately 6 hours or more.
In 2010, Hilda Tenorio became the third Mexican woman ever to achieve the status of bullfighter in this male-dominated tradition, according to The Independent.
“To the best of my knowledge there have only ever been 14 female matadors in the worldwide history of bullfighting,” she said at the time.
See the moment Hilda was attacked by the bull in the clip below. Some readers may find these scenes distressing.
— AnonymusSinCensura (@anonymus_sin) May 5, 2019
Sending our well wishes to Hilda for a speedy recovery. But, I cannot blame the bull for trying to defend himself.
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