This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera's career.

He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights.

(The look on this bull's face says it all for me. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man.)


Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment:

"And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”

"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures." - Thomas de Quincey

By: Carolyn Mabry.

There is an interview with this torero here where he discusses going on to become a vegetarian and to fight to stop bullfighting.

“And suddenly the bull looked at me, with the innocence of all the animals reflected in his eyes, but also with a supplication.

It was the fight between the unexplicable injustice, the plea before the unnecessary cruelty.

This time he showed me mercy, and I felt like the worst trash in the world.”

~ Fabian Oconitrillo Gonzalez.