Spanish bullfighting stars to perform in Las Vegas
The bloodless bullfights in Las Vegas will deviate from traditions and spare the life of the bull, says president of Don Bull Productions.Madrid – Several Spanish star bullfighters will take part in bloodless bullfights in Las Vegas in September which will buck tradition and spare the life of the bull, the organiser said Wednesday.
The bullfights will use specially designed adhesive Velcro pads instead of the traditional banderillas, or darts, which are stuck in the bull's back, the president of Don Bull Productions, Pedro Haces, told AFP.
They will be staged at a 5,000-seat arena at the South Point hotel which is normally used for rodeos on 14-16 September in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and between 27-30 September.
Hace, who is popularly known as "Don Bull", has already staged similar bloodless bullfights on Texas. However, this is the first time that they will be staged in Las Vegas, which is better known for its casinos, he said.
Among the big names from Spain who will take part are Enrique Ponce, Julian Lopez "El Juli" and Antonio Barrera. Famous bullfighters from Mexico and Portugal are also scheduled to appear in the ring.
Hace said the bullfighters, who will be paid less than what they usually receive, hope their participation in the event will give them an audience beyond Latin America and southern Europe, where they are already well known.
He has invited celebrities from Hollywood and the world of politics. Hace also claims former US President George W Bush will attend one of the bullfights.
Hace said he hopes to continue to stage bullfights during the next 20 years in Las Vegas and has received a request to organise them in Russia as well.
AFP / Expatica