Don’t think so Daily Mail, don’t think so

Two gorged to death at Indian bull-wrestling festival just ONE DAY after a ban on the sport was overturned

Peeps in India tend not to be beef eaters…..

10 comments on “Don’t think so Daily Mail, don’t think so

  1. Wiki:

    A youth trying to take control of a bull at a Jallikattu

    Jallikattu originally called Eru Thazhuvuthal is a traditional bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu, India as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. Bulls are bred specifically for the sporting event and a specific breed of cattle bred for this purpose is known as “Jellicut”.[26] In May 2014, the Supreme Court of India banned the sport citing animal welfare concerns, although the sport does not involve killing the animal.[27] The ban has been lifted, then upheld, numerous times in the years following. In January 2017, the Supreme Court upheld their earlier ban, and the practice remains unlawful as of January 2017.[28] Supporters of Jallikattu have protested the bans periodically over the years.[29]

    You’re presuming, of course, bullfighting involves the death of the animal. As it’s primarily a test of the bravery of the fighter, there’s no particular reason it should do.

  2. My fail.
    But, to be fair, one becomes so used to typos in the national press, one ceases to notice. Torygraph seems to be running at about one a sentence, these days..

  3. I missed it the first time I read it too. Very easy for the brain to see ‘gorged’ as ‘gored’ in the context of the sentence.

  4. I took it to mean that two of the wrestlers had gorged themselves to death (on lentils or something) bulking up in preparation for the fight (like sumo wrestlers), why they don’t use steroids like everyone else is beyond me.

    French style bullfighting ‘course libre’ is much better than Spanish style, the bulls have a choice and those that perform well become stars and come back year after year,
    ‘course landaise’ is a team game using cows instead of bulls.
    The animals are not harmed in French style but for the participants (and the audiences) it can be very dangerous (which is why they do it).

    Spanish bullfighting ‘corrida de toros’ is just animal cruelty, the bulls have no chance and are destined to die, the crowd are safe and it is only rarely the bull manages to take out one of its tormentors.

  5. It’s this f***ng predictive text, as well, Rob. I seem to be constantly decoding strings of nonsense to try & work out what the sender meant to say. And half the time that’s in Spanish.
    (And what is it with the Spanish, anyway? Why can so few of them seem to be able to spell their own language? It’s not as if it has the complexity of English. It’s pretty well phonetic.)

  6. It doesn’t say that the 2 who died were wrestling (or eating) bulls. They may have just been very greedy picnicking spectators who were so happy at the lifting of the ban they ate too much.

    Phew, the Mail’s reputation for accuracy is maintained 🙂

  7. “the bulls have no chance and are destined to die” – i watched quite a few bullfights while sitting alone in bars in Madrid when I worked out there.

    The bull is ‘supposed’ to die, and be killed in a ‘beautiful’ manner, but sometimes that does not happen. I recall one where the bull trod on the matador’s cape so he dropped it – at this the show was over (its not a fight but a show). The matador was shamed and the bull enticed out of the ring by some cows.

    The bull is put out to pasture and will never go into the ring again. It is not considered that the bull has won, but that the matador has failed.

    I watched perhaps a few dozen, it was the only time I saw the bull survive. Often the bull dies slowly with the sword only half embedded, occasionally the sword goes to the hilt and the bull drops to its knees immediately – that it the classic form, but not so common.

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