When Bulls Cry by Michael A. Ogorzaly
The Case Against Bullfighting

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When Bulls Cry: The Case Against Bullfighting is, as the title suggests, a work that puts the bullfight on trial and finds it guilty of extreme brutality and cruelty to animals. This is no legal brief, however. It is written from an historian's point of view. Michael A. Ogorzaly has researched the bullfight, from its origins to the present, and with this book he exposes the rot that pervades the bullfight world. From the writings of Ernest Hemingway to the videos of Madonna, nothing that espouses bullfighting is spared. Not even the Three Stooges escape his glare. Furthermore, notions of the bullfight's artistry and morality are debunked. Only those who have opposed bullfighting, from monarchs to writers to animal-rights activists, are treated gently. His intention is to dissuade the audience from ever attending a bullfight, the sooner to hasten its abolition.The time is right for such a work. In France, a history of the bullfight in Europe was published recently by art historian Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier. Moreover, in April 2005, a proposal to ban bullfighting was introduced in the Parliament in Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain. His Holiness the Dalia Lama, who backs the bill, also supports the WSPA (World Society for Protection of Animals) campaign, "Culture Without Cruelty." Other supporters of the campaign include Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir Paul McCartney. Obviously, the anti-bullfigting campaign is a worldwide one.Ogorzaly's book is the first one like it in English. This work should be of interest not only to people concerned about the suffering of animals and the increase of violence in the world, but to anyone who reads cultural and intellectual history. The book could also be used as a text for college courses in Spanish and Latin American History as well as courses on Ethics or Animal Rights.

About Michael A. Ogorzaly

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Michael A. Ogorzaly was born on July 30, 1948. He grew up in the working-class neighborhood of South Chicago. He did well in school, and by the time he entered college, he decided that he wanted to teach. He was a little more than two years away from a bachelor’s degree when he broke his neck in a car accident. Paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair, he decided to complete his education. Though it took some doing, he finally got a Bachelor of Arts in History from Chicago State University. When he couldn’t find a job, he stayed on at CSU to get his Master’s. Still unable to find work, he went to the University of Notre Dame where he earned another Master’s and then, in 1983, a Ph.D. During the next nine years, he taught some courses at CSU, did some copyediting for a local publisher (Richard D. Irwin), wrote short stories for a small literary magazine that he also edited (The F.O.C. Review), and wrote a novel (which is still unpublished). Finally, in 1992 he got a tenure-track position at CSU. Two years later, his first book, Waldo Frank: Prophet of Hispanic Regeneration, was published by Bucknell University Press. The next year, 1995, saw him get married, get tenure, get promoted to associate professor, and win his first Faculty Excellence Award (the first of four). In 2000, his paper, “Pepsi Pulls Ads from Mexico’s Bullrings,” was read at the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies conference in Huatusco, Mexico. Promoted to full professor, the following year, he worked on When Bulls Cry, incorporating his findings into the Spanish and Latin American History courses that he had developed. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their eight “kids:” a dog and seven cats.
Published April 17, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 248 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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