Animal protestors object to live bull being used in opera show
Animal campaigners are battling against plans to stop a live bull being used in an opera alongside a naked woman.
More than 44,000 protestors have signed a petition calling on Madrid’s Royal Theatre to change its mind.
The massive bull, weighing around 1,500kg, appears in a 15-minute scene of the religious opera “Moses and Aaron” and reresents the biblical golden calf.
The production, from May 24th to June 17th, also features a number of naked “virgins”.
The petition on change.org was started by Jaime Alcázar who said: “The use of animals in any kind of entertainment is humiliating, cruel and unnecessary. It’s time to end the use of animals in artistic or cultural shows, regardless of their nature, purpose or scope.”
He says use of the Charolais bull, Easy Rider, will expose it to light and loud sounds (opera), constant transport and unnecessary stress both during the 15 minutes of the scene, as well as during rehearsals, over a period of two months.
There was a similar uproar when the production was held in Paris.
The campaigners say the bull will be stressed and are suspicious that it might have to be doped for the scene.
They want the animal replaced with a statue as the original opera envisaged when written in 1932.
The plea is being made to the Spanish Government, Madrid council and its Mayor.
The Royal Theatre says the bull receives “no type of medicine, drug or painkiller” during the opera and has “two specialised carers to look after its wellbeing, transport and to provide veterinary care.”