By Stephanie Garlow, GlobalPost
First Catalonia outlawed bullfighting, which the Economist likened it to a German state banning wurst or a French region condemning berets.
Now Peru's minister of culture has said the sport is "terrible" and that it causes excessive suffering for the animals.
So is bullfighting on the way out? Is it a "tradition of tragedy," as PETA claims, that kills 250,000 bulls annually?
See photos: The death of bullfighting in Catalonia
Activists who gathered in Lima last week to protest the mistreatment of bulls would seem to agree. "Bullfighting promotes violence, torture and cruelty to animals for no reason," William Soberon, of the Anti-Bullfighting Front of Peru, told La Republica. "We're not in the colonial era."
Peru's newly appointed minister of culture, Susana Baca, said she felt sorry for the animals and that she cried when she once attended a cockfight. "I've never been to a bullfight but from the little I've seen in the media, I know it's terrible and I had to close my eyes," she said on the program "Buenos Dias, Peru."
Watch video: Cockfighting, cruelty or culture?
But protests against bullfighting are nothing new in Peru. And comments by Baca that she would analyze the practice during her tenure quickly sparked controversy.
Bullfighter Fernando Roca Rey told La Republica that bullfighting should be seen as a cultural event and that "the minister can give her opinion, but that cannot be applied to the whole country." Bullfighting celebrations have been held in Peru since 1766 and the Plaza de Toros de Acho bullring is the oldest in the Americas and second-oldest in the world, reports AFP.
And the Spanish government recently dealt a blow to efforts to outlaw the sport when it ruled that bullfighting is an "artistic discipline and cultural product." The country's Ministry of Culture will now be responsible for the "development and protection" of bullfighting, a move that supporters hope is a step toward protecting the tradition from further regional bans.
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Bullfighting is also practiced in Portugal and the south of France and is widespread in Latin America. Mexico City's Plaza Mexico arena is the biggest in the world with seats for up to 55,000.
And while public opinion might be swinging away from bullfighting — a poll last year for El Pais found 60 percent of Spaniards did not enjoy bullfighting — the sport still has big-name supporters. Peruvian novelist and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa campaigned to convince UNESCO to classify bullfighting as part of Spain's national heritage.
And in novelist Ernest Hemingway, the sport found one of its most enduring voices of support. The art of the bullfighting, Hemingway wrote in "Death in the Afternoon," "is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor."
Put it to a vote. If the people in Spain or Latin America vote to outlaw bullfighting, then outlaw it and let your grandkids read about it in the history books. If they vote to keep it, butt out and mind your own business, Team America: World Police.
It isn't sport to take a farm animal into a large arena and slowly stab it to death in front of cheering crowds, it's disgusting. Outlaw it.
Ban Bull Fighting NOW! Charles Bowen Solomon Stone
Of course it should be banned.
It should have been banned years ago.
With the rising hispanic population in the U.S., there will probably be bull fighting in the U.S. at some point in the future.
Wow! That was very ignorant of you. So much for your argument.
Here's an idea – place criminals who are serving life sentences in the ring with a bull and see what happens
felons like child molesters and other perverts would be the prime candidates
as the bull has no weapons neither should the criminals
time them and see if they can survive 5 minutes – much like bull riding
of course it should be televised on PFV and the proceeds used to pay for the costs of incarcerating them and other social rejects
Now there is an idea I can endorse!
Outlaw it! Watching an animal slowly die to death is horrible no matter how well you think it was treated up to that point. What do they do with the bull after the "fight". And don't give us any of that "cultural heritage" stuff. In America, the South claimed slavery was part of their culture, too but it didn't make it right.
In a humane and civilized world, bullfighting should go the way of the gladiator fights.
Bullfighting should have ceased long ago, but some people are slow to catch on.
SOY VEGETERIANA , POR ESO PUEDO HABLAR CON PROPIEDAD . TORTURAR HASTA LA MUERTE A UN ANIMAL ES UN ACTO CRUEL Y TERRORIFICO QUE DEBERIA ESTAR PROHIBIDO . A LA MAYORIA DE LOS ESPAÑOLES NO NOS GUSTAN LOS TOROS . LOS CONSIDERAMOS ALGO CRUEL Y MEDIEVAL , QUE DEBERIA SER ERRADICADO .
Yo no hablo Espanol.
You can live for weeks without meat. Just ask my wife.
For those against bull fighting I believe that you could do more to stop it from south of the border. Immigrate to Mexico and complain all you want. Otherwise let their national sport alone...
Alec, do you realize what you said? You said the picadors are not allowed to pic more than two times? Are you for real? Anyone who questions Alec can find thousands of pics all over cyber space of bulls with DOZENS of pics thru their spinal cord! And even if by some remote chance they actually enforced a rule like that, you are thereby saying it is fine for the bull to lose blood so very slowly? You are saying even one pic is fine? Then perhaps you should be the one picced !
Mlove, you are as wrong about bullfighting and bulls as anyone could possibly be! Of COURSE slaughter for meat is cruel, barbaric, horrific, but not even that compares to the long suffering of the bull in bullfigting. As I mentioned above the bull is kept in darkness for DAYS and beaten and incapacitated before ever entering the ring, the cowardly humans who created this "fight" designed it in such a way, that the bull is significantly weakened without killing him, you don't seem to grasp the kind of suffering that is involved in that, the bulls suffers for DAYS, DAYS , and you seem to think having their penis and ears cut off while alive is a jolly picnic! And as to your claim that bulls are not docile , that is an extremely ignorant statement. As a child I played with my barbie dolls in a field with bulls the size of houses, they are docile animals, in fact a chi hua hua is more frightening to me than a bull! Get your facts straight before shooting off about something you know nothing about!
Susan, why are you on here arguing about my opinion? Seriously? I have actually studied quite extensively on the subject and was even able to visit a ranch that bred the bulls, in Spain several years ago. You come on here and claim I am ignorant based on what you know! If there was a legitimate way to end the culture of bullfighting, I would fully support it. I am not saying it is a good thing. I am saying that just as bad, if not worse fates happen to animals raised for food on massive scale. why not try to end factory farming? You would spare billions of animals a horrible cruel fate that way.
I have spent quite a lot of time around cattle, grew up on a ranch in CO, and have worked cattle on horseback many times. Most beef bulls are rather docile, you are correct. But study the lineages of the cattle in Spain bred for the ring, they are different. They are quite unlike what we are used to in America.
Why are you being so hostile on a board that is for sharing our opinions anyhow? And accusing others of being ignorant and uneducated? Based on different ideas than your own? Why not just share YOUR opinions and ideas instead of trying to instigate blame?
YES, ABSOLUTELY,WE MUST BAN THIS GAME – IT IS VERY CRUELTY – BUT THEY DO THIS FOR SO MANY YEARS AND STILL KEEP DOING IT, I WENT TO SPAIN HOLIDAY AND OFFER A FREE SHOW AND DINNER WHICH I CANCELLED IT, I DID NOT EVEN CARE THAT IT IS FREE FOR ME AND THE DINNER. IT IS SO SO CRUEL FOR ANYONE STILL OPERATING THIS KIND OF SHOW JUST BECAUSE IT IS OLD AND HAS BEEN CARRIED DOWN CENTURIES DOES NOT MEAN IT IS RIGHT AND SHOULD BE KEPT DOING IT.
YES, ABSOLUTELY,WE MUST BAN THIS GAME – IT IS VERY CRUELTY – BUT THEY DO THIS FOR SO MANY YEARS AND STILL KEEP DOING IT.
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.
you can add it up anyway you want it ,,ITS ANIMAL ABUSE AND THE CHUMPS THAT SLAUGHTER THESE ANIMALS SHOULD JUST FIGHT EACH OTHER ,ITS BAD ENOUGH THE ANIMAL FOOD INDUSTRY MASS KILLS OUR COWS TO FEED THE SLOBS THAT ARE OVERWIEGHT HEART ATTACKED CLOGGED ARTERIES FOOLS.GET AH GRIP PUBLIC,, VISIT YOUR LOCALE SLAUGHTER HOUSE AN MAYBE YOULL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT BEEF,O AND CK OUT HOW THEY RASIE THE ANIMAL FOR THE PUBLIC.
Put the matador out there without weapons and lets see what happens then. I understand bullfighting is viewed as an ancient tradition, but just because something has been done a long time does not make it right. There were human slaves for thousands of years. Was that right? Many men beat their children and wives. This is wrong also. Being slowly stabbed to death for someone's enjoyment is wrong.
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There is no argument about this question. Half of you people make me sick. This is sick and should be illegal end of story! This animal is taunted and literally stabbed to death and brutally murdered. I seen a video of a fight and my mouth dropped and i started crying. It makes me want to cry just typing this, how could someone do this to any living creature? The one i saw the poor thing could go no more but was still being taunted at and humiliated and dripping with blood still fighting to stand, then the sick person thrust the sword into him and he screamed. People cheered., Anyone who woul do something like this has something wrong with them in the head and is going to burn in hell. I ca guarantee you that,,
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