September 15, 2009

‘Bloodless’ bullfights hit Las Vegas

A bloodless bullfight held in Las Vegas ahead of Mexican Independence Day drew a crowd of hundreds to watch the non-lethal event, promoters said.

Edward Silva of Don Bull Productions, which sponsored the event Monday at the South Point hotel-casino, said bloodless bullfighting involves matadors attaching Velcro-coated sticks to a patch of material on the bull's back to simulate stabbing without actually harming the animal, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.

This is very dangerous, said Edward Silva of Don Bull Productions, the event's sponsor. It's more dangerous than regular bullfighting because the animals are not weakened or slowed down by injuries, he said.

Silva said the bullfight, which he described as the first in the Las Vegas area since 1965, will continue with another show Tuesday and will return Sept. 27-30.