28th May 2016
It’s 21:00 and I’m watching the Champion’s League Final, not out of choice I should add (I’m an avid England supporter and to be honest I couldn’t give a toss who wins tonight). The final is coincidentally between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. Admittedly I favour rugby over football, however, my preferred football team of all time has been Chelsea and I have supported them now for over 35 years J Gutted for Manchester City for having lost against Real Madrid in the semis.
Anyhow, I watch both sides compete full of passion; players come off in tears due to injury, the fans in dire straights watching, as they will their team’s to score. You can feel their hearts bleed and burst with desire and desperation. Players are tripped; barely, and yet they collapse in pain and agony as they raise their hands in despair and wonder. The crowds raise their hands also in frustration, but usually in response to the player’s reaction rather in reaction to genuine cause, they express their disgust at what was basically revealed on playback as nothing more than a touch on the shoulder due to an awkward turn! No foul, yet the uproar would suggest some carnal or mortal sin had been committed.
I do wonder in the true value of a Spaniards heartfelt passion! The country as a whole has little love for all who have a heart. Every year thousands flock to Pamplona for a week of partying that begins with chasing bulls and oxen down the street through the small town of Navarra to a bullring where they will watch desperate and exhausted bulls cruelly massacred. Every year there are around 16,000 religious festivals across Spain that involves the torture and killing of around 60,000 animals, often held in honour of the Virgin Mary! The majority of these so-called festivals are held in Andalusia, Castile and Leon, however, it seems that there are few regions in Spain where such cruelty and brutality does not exist.
Many such festivals are now banned in Spain yet the police, instead of intervening, make themselves scarce. According to Miguel Angel Rolland, a director of documentaries, “In Spain about 200 animals are killed every day for entertainment. That’s eight terrible deaths every hour.” The most daunting thing in my mind is that such cruelty has the blessing of the church and many political candidates!
I will not accept such barbarism in our country!! Let’s not be so free to open the floodgates when we all do not feel or think the same!! We must help support those who fight against such unnecessary cruelty! PETA is one such organisation worth backing!