THE AMERICAS: The Not-So-Brave Bulls

Latin American bullfight fans have long claimed that there is a simple and sinister explanation for the strange behavior of Spanish matadors, so daring at home, often so cautious on tours abroad. The explanation: bull handlers in Spain soften up the bulls beforehand by trimming their horns. Last week aficionados on both sides of the Atlantic were embroiled in hot debate—and the Latin Americans had confirmation of their darkest suspicions—after a series of revelations by no less an authority than Antonio Bienvenida, rated among Spain's top ten matadors.

As Bienvenida described the fix, the handlers cut away a few inches...

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