Bullfighting in Spain or parts of France is a sport, and constitutes an important part of the historical and regional heritage. There is great prestige associated with that art, and denying the people of those bullfighting countries the enjoyment that sport brings to them, would be denying them from an essential part of their culture.
This page has been intentionally flooded with appeals to emotion by the Nature Club Foundation. Th swam of negative of opinions may seem intimidating, but they mostly lack any sort of real justification for banning bullfighting. Why is it morally wrong? Just because the animals feel pain and pleasure does not entail inherent value. Shouldn't you zoophiles go into the wild and protect helpless rabbits from marauding predators like wolves too? The suffering that wolves cause to rabbits is at least as bad as the pain caused to a bull.
Bullfighting is an ancient form of entertaining that millions of people love to watch. I find nothing morally wrong with this, due to this simple fact that a bull is not a person. Humans, worldwide, kill millions of animals every day, and they feel no remorse about that. If we can kill millions of ants in one day, I do not see any problem with killing one bull, occasionally.
We have no right to tell another culture that bullfighting is terrible. We slaughter animals to eat all the time. Bullfighting may not be a good thing, and I may not want to watch or participate, but that does not give us any right to tell them they have to stop doing it. It is a significant part of their traditions.
Hasn't anyone taken into consideration how the bull feels?! People with stupid, feminine, male-castrated views that it is not right to kill can't see the bullsh*t and hypocrisy of their stance whilst they eat their McDonald's Happy Meal. BULLS ENJOY BULLFIGHTING. Bulls have an instinct to fight to the finish in their natural habitat to protect their territory and females. That is why they have horns. The fights bring out the best in a bull's nature. In the wild they get gorged by other bull's horns and suffer a more painful death. Bulls die with glory and this is the point in the Spanish arenas. The bulls enjoy the fight, otherwise they would be smart enough to simply walk away from the fight. They don't do this. THEY CHARGE because they enjoy the fight.
The bulls grow up on a great farm and get all the best food. There is tons of animal slaughter in America, we just don't see it. Like what do you think happens when the horse breaks its leg, they pull it to a secure place and kill it. What is the difference?
They eat every part of the bull. It is Spanish culture. In the old days, well, 25 years ago when I saw my first bull fight, after the bulls where killed they were dragged out to a side window of the bull ring, cut up there and then then weighed and sold to the public as very fresh meat.
The government should not be able to control what people do with their property and the bulls are essentially their property. I'm not against giving humane treatment to animals- but only when we are not in the equation. In short, we are above the animals in the natural order- no-one in the world can deny that. We eat them, we ride on them, we put them in freaking cages and charge people to look at them. As long as people keep riding horses and killing and milking cows, I don't understand why bullfighting should be the scapegoat in the large debate that is animal rights. Bullfighting has a rich cultural legacy- it is this legacy that I support, over the health of a bull that is sub-par to humans. I know it sounds horrible, but it's the truth, isn't it? You'd be crazy to say that in the society that we've constructed, with all our laws and industry, that we are equal to animals. It's just not true, and unless you truly believe it- unless you truly believe that we are equal to animals- , you are a hypocrite in making bullfighting a scapegoat. Charity is optional when it comes to animals, is it not? When you see a dog in the streets, MUST you keep it?
It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was. It is difficult to understand how crowds of people will pay money and take pleasure in watching one lone creature - who has never done them any harm — getting hacked to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?
Bullfighting has a very glorified public image — it is presented as a contest between the brave matador, who boldly risks life and limb to tackle a mad and ferocious beast. The matador is always dressed in a traditional costume of brilliant colours: the bullfight is seen by many as the mysterious ritual between man and beast, which is an integral part of Spanish culture and custom. For this reason, many tourists who visit Spain feel that seeing a bullfight is a necessary part of their holiday, just as tourists visiting Britain go to see the Tower of London.
However, after witnessing the sheer horror of this sickening slaughter, only the most hardened and callous would consider a second visit to the bullring. The purpose of this booklet is to fully explain what the bull has to endure, both during his last hour of life in the ring, and also the other side of the bullfight not commonly known to the vast majority of people: the pre-bullfight treatment.
I'm not against giving humane treatment to animals- but only when we are not in the equation. In short, we are above the animals in the natural order- no-one in the world can deny that. We eat them, we ride on them, we put them in freaking cages and charge people to look at them. As long as people keep riding horses and killing and milking cows, I don't understand why bullfighting should be the scapegoat in the large debate that is animal rights. Bullfighting has a rich cultural legacy- it is this legacy that I support, over the health of a bull that is sub-par to humans. I know it sounds horrible, but it's the truth, isn't it? You'd be crazy to say that in the society that we've constructed, with all our laws and industry, that we are equal to animals. It's just not true, and unless you truly believe it- unless you truly believe that we are equal to animals- , you are a hypocrite in making bullfighting a scapegoat. Charity is optional when it comes to animals, is it not? When you see a dog in the streets, MUST you keep it?
Why do we need this "sport" to entertain ourselves? If we think treating God's creatures like this is O.K., then humans will start believing that killing more and more powerful creatures are O.K. We have already gone insane and think that humans can be tortured and embarrassed like this. So what next? People thrown into an arena only to get killed with cheers? Sounds like real-life Hunger Games.
It is inhumane, cruel & heart wrenching. I will not visit or support any country which treats animals this way. Most bullfights are divided into three parts. First, a bull is forced into the arena and taunted by a matador with a cape.(4) The bull is then approached by picadors (men on horses), who drive lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, impairing the bull’s ability to lift his head. They twist and gouge the lances to ensure a significant amount of blood loss.(5) Then come the banderilleros on foot, who proceed to distract and dart around the bull while stabbing the animal with brightly colored darts called banderillas.(6) After blood loss has weakened the bull, the banderilleros run the bull in more circles until he becomes dizzy and stops chasing. In the final act, the matador appears. After using his cape and sword (the faena) to provoke a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, the matador tries to deliver the death blow, or estocada, with his sword.(7) If he misses, succeeding only in further mutilation, an executioner is called in to stab the exhausted animal to death. If the crowd is happy with the matador, the bull’s ears and tail or a hoof may be cut off and presented as a gift.(8)
A few minutes later, another bull enters the arena and the sadistic cycle starts again.
There is no reason for this terrible cruelty. No one has a right to treat another sentient being in this manner. There can be no possible reason to continue to practice such cruelty. I really don't know what supporting argument in favor of this, could possibly be. Please stop this now.....
No it should not continue because it is cruel. Bulls are color blind so does it matter what color the cloth thing is. Imagine yourself in the bulls situation being made to fight so you can entertain a crowd that isn't even your kind. I say no it is cruel.
From what I know the best, France:
- The French law 521-1 punishes animal cruelty (2 years of jail and 30,000 euros of penalties). The law has to be the same in all the parts of the countries, so here we have a constitutional issue.
The lobby of bullfighting (a mafia in fact) and some politics modified the law for some regions, but this is illegal and non democratic.
- Europe and countries give subsidies to bullfighting, which is not acceptable. Don't you think money could be best distributed in more important sectors than this one, especially in crisis period ?
- Bullfighting is facing big trouble because of lack of spectators. It will end shortly because of the natural evolution of the societies, so why not now ?
This is a cruel tradition from the Middle Ages. Nowadays every child knows that animals are being made to suffer like humans. Animals have feelings - they feel pain. Bullfighting is torture for the bulls and the horses. This is not art, nor is it a sport. It should be forbidden.
If the matador was a real man,why does he have to have the bull half killed,before it is let into the ring? This is unfair, and not to mention barbaric. Stop making excuses that it's tradition,grow up and get civilized. Let the cowardly "men" fight each other since they love blood shed. They are too much of a coward.
I know this has gone on for hundreds of years. Usually people move with the times, but in this case they seem to be stuck in a time warp, and they need to stop this obscene killing. The bull suffers greatly, and if by chance he gets the upper hand over a matador he is killed anyway.
The sooner all the barbaric, callous and revolting bullfighting and other bulls fiestas are stopped the better for the men of Spain, for the boys, f Spain too. I cannot believe what horrors this Spanish country still allows their children to see. HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY BE ACCEPTABLE TO BE SO UTTERLY CRUEL AND KILL AN ANIMAL THAT HAS NO CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.
It is sick, exploitation, sadism an anyone enjoying this really needs to see a psychiatrist.
All people, animals and plants are one in creation. We are brothers and sisters to each other. What affects one affects all. To torture and kill a bull or any other animal is the same as torturing ourselves. It must stop! Such murder is horrifying and deeply painful to our earth mother and to all beings who live a life based in love--the only true way to live. Please, please understand that the bull has feelings! He suffers terribly. Physical, emotional pain! Animals do have feelings and thoughts. Can you not see it? Have you looked in his eyes? We do have the right to stand up for our beliefs! I refuse to bow down to what "society" says is proper. It's brainwashing and indoctrination. It was also tradition in medieval England to behead people for petty crimes and mount those heads on pikes at city gates. Is tradition acceptable only when it applies to animals and barbaric when it applies to humans? THINK!