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Wednesday 27 August  
Álvaro Múnera was a star bullfighter, now he’s a staunch animal rights defender
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Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain

The vegetarian bullfighter

Published on : 3 October 2011 - 4:02pm | By The State We're In . (Photo: RNW)
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Álvaro Múnera was once "El Pilarico" the star bullfighter. Then in 1984, he was gored by a bull which left him confined to a wheelchair. Today he’s a staunch animal rights defender and works to have bullfighting banned.

He tells host Jonathan Groubert about his bullfighting career, the attack that changed his life, his recuperation, the woman who called him a murderer and how he became an anti-bullfighting campaigner.

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This story was taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - Identity Crisis
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  • Álvaro Múnera was once “El Pilarico” the star bullfighter<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -
  • Álvaro waits to perform for the crowds at the bullring<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -
  • The accident on September 22 1984 that left Álvaro in a wheelchair<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -
  • Álvaro in hospital<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -
  • &#039;Terciopelo&#039; or &#039;Velvet&#039;, the bull Álvaro Múnera killed so brutally in a practice session<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -


Anon 10 March 2012 - 5:50am

Beautiful interview. Thank you! I hope Alvaro learns to forgive himself someday. He's changed now and that's what matters.

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Greg Kelly 7 March 2012 - 2:18pm

 Thanks for the kind words. Where did you hear us?

Anonymous 7 March 2012 - 12:16am / United States

The most interesting interview I had heard in years. Thank you.

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