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No Bull – Authentic bullfighting coming to Jackson

JACKSON, Mississippi — Real bullfighting is coming to Jackson in December, though in this exhibition the bull lives to fight another day. Of course, the matadors enjoy no such guarantee.

matador 1[1] copyThe inaugural Mississippi Bullfighting exhibition is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center, next to the Jackson Coliseum. The event will showcase traditional bullfighting as seen in Mexico and Spain, and will feature internationally known, professional award- winning toreros and matadors Alberto Valente and Alberto “El Cuate” Espinoza of Mexico.

This exhibition is the first ever public bullfighting event presented in Mississippi. While a cultural tradition in Spain and Latin American countries such as Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, and Portugal, bullfighting is relatively unheard of in the United States.

» READ MORE: Letter to the editor about bullfighting

While traditional bullfighting ends in the killing of the bull in the arena (except in Portugal that is illegal), this exhibition will not end in the bulls’ death, promoters say.

While the bulls will not be in danger, this exhibition is still a dangerous event with matadors placing themselves in harm’s way at all times. This event is intended to showcase a culturally important tradition of a growing segment of Mississippi’s population.

General admission tickets are $25 for ages 6 and up and are available at Ticketmaster.com, at the Coliseum box office and at the door the day of the event. Admission is free for children 5 and under.



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  1. Bullfighting is a horrendous criminal activity!!!!! It is barbaric.
    Don´t let this criminal, yes, I repeat: Criminal activity even begin.

    It is terrible.

    “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi.

    This is to take place in USA?????? How sad!!!!!! Stop this.

    Do you want to teach your children to torture animals???? Then later they will torture people????? Stoooooop This.

    Public Outcry!!!!!!! Stop This Shameful Barbaric Activity. It is not a Sport!!!!! It only shows lack of consideration, intelligence, and Lots of Ignorance.

    Ban this Criminal Activity for that is what It Is. Thank you.

  2. While the bull may not be killed it is still being abused – thgis activity is cruel and abusive. Mississippi should be ashamed.

  3. No harm will be done to the bulls. The event is under compliance with the animal rights in the Sate of Mississippi. This is only a dance between a matador his cap and the bull!!!

  4. You cannot say that the bull will live to see another day, he will be terrified, traumatised, abused and forced into a situation that he doesn’t naturally want to be in, that is saying nothing about the abuse he has endured before your , hmmm ” cultural event ” he will instinctively want to flee from the idiot in spangly tights and glittery top who is prancing around firing Velcro darts at him, as well as being afraid by the noisy crowd surrounding him, so dispite your assurances that the bull will not be harmed, I disagree, all of the above is cruel and constitutes animal abuse, Peter castorena can you not find something a bit more productive to do , with your education , I’m sure that you can!! Reconsider this event , America really doesn’t want such events.

  5. I can not believe this would be supported in this state…..

  6. UGH. This is an abomination! Cruel, inhumane, archaic form of “entertainment.” 5800 other people agree. Sign the petition if you do too! https://www.change.org/petitions/jackson-convention-and-visitor-s-bureau-cancel-the-mississippi-bullfighting-event-dec-7th-jackson-ms

  7. To think that man is so superior that he has the right to capture an animal, throw him into a pen, and purposefully inflict terror, fear, pain and the possibility of injury simply to satisfy our greedy, sadistic entertainment is nothing short of CRUELTY!!! We have NO RIGHT to treat any fellow creature in this manner, be it BULL, DOG, BEAR or any other living breathing creature!! The people on social media from all over the world have signed a petition and are making fun of Mississippi! Personally, I don’t blame them!! Do you?

  8. Oh Angela, there you are still stating the same thing ” it’s only a dance ” but it ant really is it Angela? What about the trauma and fear to the unwilling partner in the ” dance ” caused by being forced into an arena surrounded by a baying excitable crowd, that says nothing about his treatment prior to this event! It is not natural for an animal to be forced into such a position, the whole thing is cruel because it causes unnecessary suffering to an unwilling participant, and if you can’t get your head around that, then poor you!

  9. I can’t believe that the City of Jackson would even allow an event like this to take place. As hard as we are fighting to end dog fighting in our state and they go and allow this? It is a barbaric exhibition that is pure animal cruelty. Jackson has indeed gone to crap. You can’t even hope that the bull gores the matador because then they would surely kill it. Poor bulls. When will humans learn?

  10. I can’t believe the ignorance of these retards, saying the bull is being tortured. Before you open your ignorant mouth, do your research. I guarantee these bulls are taken better care of than your children. Ignorance is the problem in this world. But think what you want but you look really stupid commenting on something you have no idea about. Go pet these bulls in there natural habitat and tell me what you think…..

  11. That is cruel, please don’t abuse to the animals

  12. This event is a blight on the state of Mississippi. Bullfighting is horrendous and their is nothing to be proud of in presenting this. It needs to be wiped out of the Spanish culture as it reflects on the Spanish people as being cruel and insensitive to the plight of a helpless creature. And just what kind of talent does the matador have; he just looks like a sissy and a bully. It would be better if he studied dance and went on stage.
    And please, don’t think that not killing the bull in this event makes it right; you are still tormenting an animal which constitutes cruelty.
    Learn to assimilate into the American culture, try REAL sports and if you want to try something important, organize soccer matches, also a pastime in Mexico.

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