Virginia Ruiz, 38, attended a bullfighting in Spain at the Malaga fighting pit on Friday. But unlike the other spectators, she wasn’t there for entertainment.
As the bull was stabbed by the matador, Ruiz entered the bullring holding an animal cruelty poster and went towards the dying bull to comfort it and to prevent the matador from executing the final strike that would kill the wounded animal.
As the officials and the matador realized what Ruiz was doing, she was hauled away from the ring. Some even kicked and spat at the heroic woman. You can view the video below, which was taken by someone from the audience.
Ruiz is an animal rights activist who is against the sport of bullfighting. She says that the bullfighting event on Friday had free admission, and she was there filming the events for a campaign against the barbarism that is associated with the sport, according to the Mirror.
She explained her cause to PETA.
“I represent the majority of Spanish people, who are ashamed to be associated with this appalling cruelty. It doesn’t represent us. There is more to Spain than bullfighting. Bulls feel pain and suffer, just as humans do. I couldn’t leave him to die alone.”
By the time Ruiz got to the bull, she said that it was still alive.
“I could hear him crying in pain and jumped down, walked across the ring to where he lay dying. He looked at me and I believe he felt my energy. I wanted to give him love before he left this earth.”
As the Independent reports, Ruiz was carried away by officials and the bull met its demise with a stab in the neck, which is the custom in bullfights. Virginia Ruiz was slapped with a 6,000 Euro (approximately $6,600) fine for disrupting the bullfight.
Bullfighting in Spain is part of tradition and culture, and while many like Virginia Ruiz oppose the activity, there are still some who prefer to stick to their roots and preserve the tradition. Although bullfighting has been banned in some regions in Spain, it seems that a complete ban of the sport in the country is far from reality.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Ricky Gervais is one of the famous personalities in support of banning bullfights. Gervais expressed his disdain for bullfighting after news that another bullfighter was killed in the ring.
Just this summer, seven people have already died while bullfighting. Gervais shared his disgust with the sport on Twitter.
So much love and support flooding in from the wonderful Spanish people who want bullfighting banned. Gracias :)
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 17, 2015
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