The True Story of Bright Eyes

by Steve Hindi

SHARK president Steve Hindi was part of the undercover team that documented the torture killing of twenty-eight bulls in Mexico in 1998. Bright Eyes was the fourth of four bulls slaughtered at Steve's first bullfight.

People call them fighting bulls, but I saw no fight in this beautiful young black bull as he stood with three companions in a pen in Mexico City, Mexico. The expression on his face reminded me of one of my kitties, "Prince Paka," when I pet him on his nose; something he enjoys immensely. Like Paka, this young bull was quiet and relaxed, friendly and nonthreatening.

He stood out from his companions with down turned horns that gave him the disarming appearance of a puppy dog with big floppy ears. But what really made this youngster stand out was his unique eyes, shiny and inquisitive. He watched me and came a little closer as I stood right by the wall that divided us.

You are "Bright Eyes," I told him. He seemed to like the name. People yelled at me in Spanish to get away from him because he was dangerous. "Peligroso," they said. I wondered what the Spanish word for "ridiculous" was.

A short time later, a group of men chased Bright Eyes and his companions into individual isolation stalls. I was amazed that these "fighting bulls" never tried to attack the men who were harassing them. The bulls ran from the men, doing everything possible to avoid them.

For many hours, Bright Eyes and the other bulls were deprived of light, food, water and the company of his herd, causing him to become confused, terrified and physically and mentally weakened. As each bull's time came to go to the bullring, he was first harpooned to further wound and cripple him even before entering the bullring.

But what happened afterward only got worse.

The True Story of Bright Eyes

  •   Bright Eyes, calm and peaceful before the bullring, as is the nature of the "fighting bull."
  • A man about to harpoon Bright Eyes through the roof of his dark isolation cell to wound him before he even enters the bullring.
  • Now in the bullring and being stabbed by spears and harpoons, a terrified Bright Eyes gasps for breath and cries out in pain and fear during his torture.
  • Bright Eyes is cornered against a wall, while a group of drunks add taunts and jeers to the punishment.
  • Bullfights do not pit one brave man against one ferocious bull. Instead, a gang of thugs mob an animal who is wounded, crippled and debilitated before he ever enters the bullring. In this picture alone there are five thugs demonstrating their "bravery" against one crippled and dying Bright Eyes.
  • Mobbed by a gang of cowards, confused and terrified beyond words, repeatedly stabbed with spears, harpoons and a sword, exhausted and dying from his wounds and blood loss and unable to continue any further, Bright Eyes lowers in an act of complete submission.
  • A pitiless thug walks up to the completely helpless Bright Eyes with a dagger. The thug went on to stab Bright Eyes in the back of his neck, slashing back and forth to severe the young bull's spinal cord.
  • The now paralyzed but still alive and conscious Bright Eyes can only gasp, blink and move his mouth as his torture continues. In an act of contempt, the killers always wipe the knife off on their victim.
  • A thug cuts the ears off the still conscious Bright Eyes for trophies.
  • Bright Eyes is left to convulse.
  • The still living Bright Eyes is dragged out to be butchered alive.
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