Have you ever wondered why bulls don’t like red? In fact, red is a symbol of love. However, it is also a color associated with anger. Maybe that’s why bulls go crazy when they see matadors in red capes. Sounds stupid? How do you think animals should know what color symbolizes? In this article, we will find out why bulls hate the color red, and also talk about bullfighting.
Why are bulls so aggressive?
Scientists explain this situation by sex. Male mammals have higher testosterone levels than females, which is why bulls are more aggressive than cows. But not only testosterone makes bulls aggressive. These animals are territorial, so they tend to fight anything that comes close to their territory. Apart from this aggression, it can be said that sometimes they can be really dangerous, given that bulls can reach gigantic size and strength. Also, the sharp horns of these animals can kill people trying to annoy the bull. However, there are some ways to deal with bull aggression. For example, farmers often put nose rings on these animals. This way they can control the bulls from a safe distance.
So, does the color red make the bulls angry?
You will be surprised, but the answer is no! The reason why bulls get angry during a fight is not because of the red cape, but because matadors provoke them with aggressive movements. If this answer does not satisfy you, we will explain the situation as follows. In bull eyes, there are no L-cone cells responsible for the perception of red. So bulls see this color as a mixture of red, yellow and grey.
Then why do bullfighters wear a red cape?
The red cape used by bullfighters or matadors in bullfights is called a muleta. The reason for using the muleta is actually due to tradition. The origin of the Muleta dates back to Francisco Romero, a Spanish matador in 1726. Today, this cape is used in the final stage of a Spanish-style bullfight. In case you didn’t know, the bullfight unfortunately ends when the unfortunate animals are stabbed in the back. So it’s quite a bloody event, maybe that’s why Muleta’s color is red. The red color hides the blood stains of the bulls, so the cloak is much easier to clean afterwards. However, in most fights, matadors also wear capes of different colors, such as pink or yellow.
What happens to bulls after a fight?
Bulls are killed in the arena before the end of the event, unless the animal is donated or it is a Portuguese-style bullfight. Even on those rare occasions when the bull wins and the matador dies, the poor animal dies at the end of the fight. After the bullfight, the body of the bull is removed from the arena and sent to the slaughterhouse. Because his meat will be served to the people. In Madrid, Spain, there is even a restaurant that serves meat from animals used specifically for bullfighting.
What breed of bulls is used in wrestling?
The bulls used for fighting are toro bravo or Spanish bulls. This breed is native to the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish bulls are usually muscular because they are bred specifically for bullfighting. In addition, their color is mostly black or dark brown. Bulls between 4 and 6 years of age are used for corrida de toros (professional bullfighting) and corrida de rejones (mounted bullfighting). Bulls aged 3-4 years are used for novilladas (amateur bullfights). Bullfighters in Novilladas are called novilleros. These individuals are not yet considered matadors.
Is the bullfight still going on?
Bullfighting is currently banned in many countries such as the UK, Italy and Canada. However, although not supported by many, the event still takes place in several countries. In some places, such as France, Spain and Portugal, this terrible struggle is allowed. But in some areas of Spain, such as Calonge, Tossa de Mar, Vilamacolum and La Vachol, the event is fortunately prohibited. The reason the country hasn’t completely banned bullfighting is because it wants to preserve the Spanish culture. For example, the Spanish Autonomous Community of Catalonia banned this horrendous activity in 2010, but the ban was lifted in 2016 after it was declared unconstitutional.
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