Culinary value of whipped pig and baited bull

GA Sala of Brompton says in Notes and queries in 1874 that “the Spaniards … have not yet arrived at the stage of excusing [bullfighting] on the score that it makes the beef tender. This idea seems borrowed from the old story … about whipping pigs to death. ‘Carne de Toreo’–bull-fighting beef–is usually looked upon in Spain as little better than that ‘fevered flesh of buffaloes’ which the wicked Count Cenci gave his wife and daughter to eat [being] cut up, and sold at a vile price to the poorest and lowest classes of the population.”

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