Most people know that bull fighting is a popular sport in many Latin American countries. Fewer, though, are familiar with the sport of "charreada," seen here in Guadalajara, Mexico. As an animal lover, I refuse to participate in a bull fight, even in the interest of cultural education. As an Albertan, however, I was curious to see a charreada, the Mexican version of our popular rodeos. While hard-core animal rights activists may object to any use of animals in sport, none were killed or visibly injured in the charreada I viewed. The emphasis was more on horsemanship.

1988, 1999 Richard McGuire

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