Live bullfighting to return to Spain's public broadcaster

Live bullfighting is returning to Spain's public broadcaster after six years of viewers being unable to watch, in real time, the last few minutes of a bull's life.

Monday, 27 August, 2012, 6:11am

Bloody truth of man's cruelty to creatures

Animals feel pain and should be treated with respect, just like you and me. In some countries, anyone that deliberately beats, injures, or slaughters animals in a way that makes them suffer can be charged with animal cruelty.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Herd mentality

Just before 8am, a small shrine to St Fermin is set up in a wall and everyone starts chanting and waving rolled-up newspapers, asking the 12th-century saint to keep them safe. The sun breaks over the tops of the narrow streets as I hear the first fireworks go off. Everyone starts running.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

'A pleasant surprise awaited the thousand or more employees of A. Wander Ltd, the manufacturers of Ovaltine.

23 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Paper 1a

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

523 days to go

There is a scene, if you have not seen the film already, in the controversial Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, where our anti-hero, the love-struck TV reporter, and his producer discuss how and where they will meet the blonde bombshell and Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Waiter vs water buffalo

Veteran playwright and theatre maverick Paul Poon Wai-sum sees bullfighting as a powerful metaphor of human dignity in the face of death.

He shares his thoughts on this hispanic custom and Hong Kong society in his humorous play The Last Moment, featuring actors Lee Chun-chow and Shaw Mei-kwan.

24 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Too brutal?

Amid worldwide protests, Shanghai staged a bullfighting performance yesterday. Is bullfighting too bloodthirsty to be regarded as a sport, or is it valid entertainment? Share your views: write to us.

24 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Plans to stage bullfights charge ahead in Shanghai

Shanghai is pushing ahead with plans to stage a controversial bullfight this month, shrugging off health fears and protests from animal rights activists.

Officials said yesterday tickets priced from 300 yuan to 2,800 yuan were already on sale for two bullfights that would be held at the Yangpu Sports Centre on October 23 and 24.

9 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Carmen, please hold the bull

One day last month, as people in Shanghai were reading their morning news, they read the astonishing announcement that a bullfight would be held in the city's 80,000-seat sports stadium in early October.

28 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Shanghai to stage first bullfights

Shanghai will stage bullfights in October, beating Beijing into the ring after a similar plan in the capital ran foul of animal rights groups.

The Shanghai Sports Association would invest nearly 20 million yuan to bring three matadors and six fighting bulls from Spain for the four-hour spectacle, a first for the mainland, local media said yesterday.

25 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Bullfighting plans for capital park abandoned

A plan to host Spanish-style bullfighting in a district of the capital has been shelved after complaints from representatives to the Beijing People's Congress, an animal rights activist says.

Daxing district Communist Party secretary Shen Baochang has agreed to withdraw bullfighting from a new 3,000-seat entertainment park, which has been touted as Asia's 'biggest bull ring'.

2 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Is Beijing ready for Spanish bullfights?

It goes against Chinese culture, says academic, as bullring nears completion

Beijing could host its first bullfight before the year is out.

13 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Bullish behaviour

You don't have to go to Spain to see bullfighting. Just head off to South Korea. The annual Bullfighting Festival will be held in Cheongdo, south of Seoul, later this month, but there won't be any matadors. Bulls will fight each other, and there is no time limit. Each contest ends either when one of the bulls has taken so much punishment it can't go on, or runs away.

6 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Portugal censured on Macau bullfights

The Macau bullfighting fiesta will lead to Portugal being rebuked by the European Parliament.

A letter condemning the five-day spectacle will be sent to the Portuguese Prime Minister and its Permanent Representative in Brussels.

Anti-bullfighting lobbyist Vicki Moore told MEPs the bulls imported to the enclave for the fights in September appeared to be drugged.

17 Nov 1997 - 12:00am