I finally got around to watching the bullfights on a matador documentary I have on DVD. They're very good. I was surprised.
The sword strike when attempting the kill is really something. It has speed and precision very similar to fencing, and incorporates lines and shaping as would a performance. I think that with my background of both fencer and dancer, I can't help but appreciate it.
I think I'll have to go to a bullfight while they still exist. (I don't think they're in any danger of disappearing any time soon, because they bring in so much tourist money, but they're a brutality, and in the big picture, the advance of civilization while slow, has generally been unstoppable.)