Hundreds of bulls are facing an uncertain future in Catalonia, out of work after bullfighting was banned this week, and few have developed the skills to allow them to join the modern workforce, raising fears that they will further swell the numbers of the long-term unemployed.
Whereas matadors are already being sought by major corporations to take on front-line public relations roles, the prospects for the bulls look altogether more bleak.
“We like to run very very fast at the red flappy things,” said Burlero, a 'Toro Bravo', or fighting bull, “but this is not transferable skills. Out there, in the corrida, yes. It is important to run very very fast at the red flappy things. But companies these days are looking for team-players who can take individual responsibility, while not goring their colleagues. I found out that the last bit is kind of 'unwritten rule'. My bad.
“So, it is difficult for the bull to get invited back for the second interview. As for the Royal Doulton outlet in Bicester, they didn't even reply to my application.”