"[The drugs] give the bull more resistance and can disguise a limp or an injury, which allows the animal to pass initial tests," says Ricardo Mirat, a vet at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.
Seriously? As if killing a bull in a "fair fight" wasn't bad enough, now we apparently should be picking on gimpy bulls. Stacking the deck for the matador, however, isn't anything new. In 1985 a few bulls lost their balance during a fight triggering accusations of doping (or a long night on the town). And reports of horn shaving, a process that disorients the bull and makes their only weapon less lethal, have cropped up repeatedly over the years.
If you're not man enough to fight a real bull, then use your sword on a mechanical one. And as for the ranchers, who will be fined up to $95,000 if caught, I'd propose each be required to participate in the running of the bulls: Yearly.
Via The Age
Actually, for me, as Spanish, this is more embarrasing that the slaughtering itself (actually, I'm not even against the slaughtering but I am against the cruelty used for it). One of the things that defenders of this, argue is: "it is a clean, honest fight between a beast and a man". And then we find out that the bulls are drugged to make it easier.