What’s the matter with Spain?
Before I begin, let’s define some terms…
By Spain, I mean Spain the country AND the ‘public psyche’ (large numbers of citizens creating the ‘group mind’).
Spanish authorities, from the highest level down to local government, have failed to protect bulls from severe animal abuse.
These Spanish authorities have also failed to protect their citizens from the psychological evils of being involved – either directly or vicariously – in large-scale and persistent animal abuse.
Many people will have heard of the barbaric practice of bull fighting which large numbers of Spaniards enjoy.
Today however I want to highlight the dreadful “Joy of the Bull – or Toro de Jubilo”. This is a ‘festival’ where live animals (bulls) are set on fire and further tormented, while local men vie to show their ‘bravery’ in the presence of the traumatized and enraged animal. Members of the public jump into the ring to aggravate the animal, adding to its confusion and terror.
Have a look at this article for pictures of the cruelty perpetrated at “Joy of the Bull – or Toro de Jubilo” :
In many countries, cruelty such as seen in the photos is a criminal act and subject to severe penalties.
We should not need penalties to deter us from animal cruelty though – that is…if we are psychologically sound and balanced people.
One of the core reasons why people behave in cruel ways toward animals is that there is something the matter with them – they are not ‘right in the head’.
When we look at the photos of the crowds enjoying the suffering of the bull (calling the festival ‘Joy of the Bull’ is another sign of just how mentally sick they are) we note that these people are sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandparents and so on. Many of them have jobs. As such they will have ‘ordinariness’ to their lives – just like you and me. Their tastes in extreme animal cruelty however are not normal, or acceptable, however.
Let’s look at this issue of ‘normalcy’ some more…
I quote from just one article: Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime
Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser; they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—many of them move on to their fellow humans. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
People enjoying the “Joy of the Bull – or Toro de Jubilo” show symptoms of a deep mental disturbance. The men directly involved, far from exhibiting bravery, simply show how crazed and vile they are. Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with their being near children or pets.
One of the responsibilities of the state (government) is to safeguard the populace from activities harmful to themselves, health, mental health, other people and animals. Another state responsibility is to set a good example and lead with such. Spain, from a federal level down to local government, is failing in this respect because they have not banned animal cruelty concerning bulls in bull fights and other torturous events such as “Joy of the Bull – or Toro de Jubilo”.
So why is this type of animal abuse allowed to persist in Spain? A core reason will be numbers. Large numbers of Spaniards approve of and enjoy animal cruelty. If it were not so, things would have changed.
There are of course good Spaniards and we should be grateful for them. Unfortunately there is a heck of lot of scummy Spaniards who have no shame, and show symptoms of deep mental disturbance. The most chilling aspect of all is that they don’t seem to want to do anything about it. Remember that when considering your next holiday and go somewhere else. Be kind to animals – it’s good for your mental health.
Further reading and useful links:
- Animal Cruelty and the Sadism of Everyday Life | Psychology Today Among other things; presents an alternate view about whether animal cruelty is a good predictor of later violence against humans.
- The official Twitter for tourism in Spain: @Spain
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- Bullfighting : Humane Society International
- Bullfighting | Cruel Sports | Animals Used for Entertainment | The Issues | PETA
- CFAWR | Animal Cruelty Syndrome