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Canada Bullfighting in Brampton, Ont., results in just a few scrapes and bruises for man and bull

Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) event is held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ont.  The bulls are held by a rope controlled by a team of men to make sure the animal does not cause injury. The bulls are never killed, in contrast with bullfighting in Spain. The Portuguese population in Canada, numbering 429,000 in the 2011 census, mainly centers around Toronto with immigrants from the nine islands of the mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago.

A fighting bull chases matador Marco Espinola during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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Viewed from a hole punched through a wooden fence by the horns of a bull, a fighting bull chases matadors Marco Espinola and Ricardo Miranda (L) during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) in Brampton, Ontario.

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Bolino Silveira (L), who emigrated from the Azores to Mississauga, Ontario, shows friends a torn and bloodied shirt after he fell at an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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Portuguese-Canadian men fasten brass fittings onto the horns of a fighting bull, held briefly in a wooden crate before being set loose into the ring, during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) in Brampton, Ontario.

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A matador tries to distract an attacking bull after Bolino Silveira (C), who emigrated from the Azores to Mississauga, Ontario, tries to protect his head after falling at an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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Matador Marco Espinola, who emigrated two years ago from the Azores, wipes sand kicked into his eyes by a bull during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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A Portuguese-Canadian family enjoys a tailgate party during the intermission at an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) in Brampton, Ontario.

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Anton Parreira awaits customers to his booth displaying Portuguese soccer balls and clothing during the intermission at an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) in Brampton, Ontario.

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A woman blows a kiss to a fighting bull during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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Matador Marco Espinola, who emigrated from the Azores two years ago, challenges a bull during an Azorean "tourada a corda" (bullfight by rope) held by Portuguese-Canadians in Brampton, Ontario.

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