Letters: 'Pigsticking' In Spain

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about "pigsticking" in Spain.

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It's time now for your letters. And many of you were upset by our story this week about pigsticking in Spain. That's the name given to the ancient sport of hunting wild boar, which is making a comeback there.



Our reporter went along on the hunt. We heard hunters on horseback chasing and using spears to kill a wild boar. To the hunters, it is a sublime experience.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The adrenaline, the emotion is beautiful, you know, stalking behind an animal.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Pigsticking is like a touch heaven.

SIEGEL: Heaven, however, did not come to mind to many of you.

CORNISH: Leslie Murphy of Mount Airy, Maryland, writes: This was interesting but then you included the audio of the boar screaming as the spear plunged into its heart. Was that necessary? I turned off the show and didn't go back, even for the news, and shudder now a couple of hours later just thinking about it. Blech.

SIEGEL: Dan Gauche of Eugene, Oregon, voiced a similar reaction and questioned whether wild boar hunting even needs a modern revival. He writes this: Death is not entertainment. If Spain is trying to reach back to ancient Roman times, as mentioned at the beginning of the segment, when will they start allowing drunken orgies in the public bathhouses and feeding Christians to the lions?

CORNISH: Well, please don't feed us to the lions. Write us instead. Just go to and click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.


SIEGEL: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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