A matador has been hit with criticism after he was filmed cleaning the ‘tears’ of an injured bull before kill*ng the creature.
Morante de la Puebla, 39, was participating in a bullfighting celebration at the Real Maestranza bullring in Seville when the incident happened.
Take a look at the video:
The video recorded during the event was shared online and has racked up more than 2.3 million views, with many social media users condemning the matador for his actions.
In the video, the stricken bull can be seen with four banderillas – the brightly colored spiked sticks used by matadors – poking out of its back.
Silvia Barquero Nogales, leader of Spain’s Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA), said: “Only a malicious and perverse mind could torture an animal until the blood pours down its legs and then wipe its face with a tissue.
“The Matador is just disguising his lack of empathy. Abolish bullfighting now!”
Others ringed in with similar sentiments, marking the matador ‘vicious’ and hypocritical’ as after seemingly showing some compassion to the injured bull, he then went on to ki*l it.
However, bullfighting fans stood up with all due respect, saying that cleaning the blood as he did is a way showing respect to the creature.