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PETA Pays Fine for ‘Cowardly’ Bullfighter

Written by PETA | June 16, 2010

On Sunday in Mexico City, bullfighter Cristian Hernández left the ring in the middle of a fight. After he was arrested and charged a fine for breach of contract, he announced his retirement from bullfighting, saying, “I didn’t have the ability, I didn’t have the balls, this is not my thing.” Well, we don’t think that’s exactly right. I mean, any coward can bully an animal. But it takes courage to walk away despite the jeers of spectators. To send a message to those who deride him, PETA is reimbursing the cost of Hernández’s fine and sending him a “Real Men Are Kind to Animals” certificate that he can wave in his detractors’ faces.

Townspeople may paint Hernández as a coward or imply that he is somehow less of a man for refusing to torment and kill bulls who are physically harmed, driven into an arena with a roaring crowd, run around in dizzying circles, jabbed with knives, and finally stabbed to death at the point of complete exhaustion—but, as we know, bullies are the cowards.

So let’s hope Hernández sees that he can have fans when he doesn’t hurt animals for a living—and to all the “real men” out there who save animals rather than stab them, please join me in giving a big “Olé!”

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Toro says:

    Seriously Peta? Let me quote the man who supposedly has “seen the light” “I decided that was it. Let somebody else who has the ability and the courage take the opportunityChristian hernandez.” Also he has repeatedly said that he’ll go back as a spectator. He is a coward because he supports something he cannot do himself.

  • Melinda Wines says:

    Bravo! You are more of a man than the others who terrorize and then kill an innocent creature could ever hope to be. Thank you for standing up for what is right! You know in your heart that you did the right thing. That’s all that matters. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • betezui says:

    Congratulations for stoping bad karma for you and for all of us sentient beings…



  • Elif says:

    Analiese he may be laughing his head off and maybe for him it wasn’t entirely about animal cruelty but if it wasn’t for Hernandez I never would’ve found out about what they do in bullfights. It was a great way to get the word out!! Good job PETA!

  • Lori Denise says:

    Thank you for being a real man and a real person! You are such a great person.

  • Ronny says:

    Great Job Chris. You are a complete human being.