This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man.
Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: “And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
I’ve reblogged this at least two other times but this is possibly one of my favorite photos ever.
The bull is just like ‘hey r u ok?’ it’s so powerful
I’m going to cry :c
This is a practice that needs to end.
Actually that’s not Alvaro Munera. It’s a different torero. Munera didn’t become an activist after seeing a kind bull look him in the eyes. He became an activist after he left bullfighting because he was gored and paralyzed by one in a bullfight.
The torero in this picture isn’t even sad or remorseful. It’s an expression of defiance and strength. He’s taking a prone position in front of the bull to show his complete control over the situation and lack of fear.
Honestly tumblr, would it kill you to do five seconds of research?