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Bull fighting – the argument for

Bullfighting has existed for thousands of years and it has been popular in Spain for nearly a millennium where it attracts a very heated debate on both sides of the argument. It seems as though you are in either one camp or the other which is no doubt a reflection on the extreme nature of this ‘sport’. But first let us examine the history and a little back ground.

Spanish-style bullfighting is called the corrida de toros the running of the bulls. In a traditional corrida, three matadores each fight two bulls. The bulls are at least four years old and weighs 460–600 kg. Each matador has six assistants — two picadores mounted on horseback, three banderilleros and a mozo de espada who carries his sword.

The modern corrida is highly ritualized, with three distinct stages, the start of each being announced by a trumpet. The participants first enter the arena in a parade to salute the presiding dignitary, accompanied by band music. The matadores are easily distinguished by their spectacular “suit of lights”.

Many supporters of bullfighting regard it as a deeply ingrained, integral part of their national cultures.

The aesthetic of bullfighting is based on the interaction of the man and the bull. Rather than a competitive sport, the bullfight is more of a ritual, judged by aficionados, based on artistic impression and command.

Ernest Hemingway said of it in his 1932 non-fiction book  Death in the Afternoon: “Bullfighting 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 honour.”

Bullfighting is seen as a symbol of  Spanish Culture.

The bullfight is above all about the demonstration of style, technique and courage by its participants.

While there is usually no doubt about the outcome, the bull is not viewed as a sacrificial victim — it is instead seen by the audience as a worthy adversary, deserving of respect in its own right. Bulls learn fast and their capacity to do so should never be underestimated.

The moment when the matador kills the bull is the most dangerous point of the entire fight, as it requires him to reach between the horns, head on, to deliver the blow. Matadors are at the greatest risk of suffering a goring at this point. Gorings are not uncommon and the results can be fatal. Many bullfighters have met their deaths on the horns of a bull as can be seen in this video from 123dennie

Proponents of bullfighting also point out that the animal is subsequently eaten and so the animal’s death is not in vain. They also claim that the animal does not suffer greatly during the event – a good bullfighter will kill the bull efficiently.

Rather than a sport, bullfighting is seen as an art form and a cultural event, like a play or an opera.

Those who support the sport talk of the skill and agility that is displayed by those involved.

Bullfighting is an established part of  Spanish culture and supporters say that others should try to understand and respect this.

The idea that abattoirs always kill in the most painless and efficient way is said to be a myth. With the number of bulls that die each year in bullfighting tiny compared to the number that die in the meat trade, the campaign against bullfighting is seen to be a waste of resources when there are far more animals dying in unfit slaughterhouses than in the bullring.

The European Union shows no sign of stepping in to ban bullfighting. It even actively promotes an event in Coria where a bull is taunted in the streets. Such activities are deemed to be “traditions, customs and a centuries old culture”.

There can be no argument that bull fighting is part of that culture .

And then of course there is surely the argument that what the f………….has it got to do with you in the first place – that is if you are not Spanish, or for that matter any of the other countries – France, Portugal, Mexico, Venezuela – or are we to assume that you are kind of like a world improver who likes to meddle in other peoples business and tell them how they should behave (aka George Bush and Tony Blair in Iraq).

Time out – we will examine the argument ‘against’ another time and would be delighted to hear from any reader of their own experiences and emotions.


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14 Responses to “Bull fighting – the argument for”

  1. Amelia
    2013 | 8 July at 16:18 #

    Whoever wrote this article is a complete idiot.

    Bullfighting is a disgusting, cruel past-time and it is certainly not a ‘sport’ as you call it.

    A sport is an even in which ‘two equal’ players compete.

    A matador who is equipped with a team of people repeatedly stabbing the bull beforehand and during the fight and an innocent bull is NOT equal.

    The matador always has an advantage and is no way brave but a complete bloodthirsty coward.

    The bull suffers immensely during the fight and anyone who enjoys watching it is sick in the head.

    You for writing your idiotic article are cruel, uneducated and an arsehole.

    Good day.

    • lolajones
      2013 | 7 August at 07:02 #

      It is a cruel sport, but each to their own.

    • ThePaganSun
      2014 | 13 March at 02:35 #

      Kindly go to hell. You know nothing of Spain and it’s glorious culture. Why don’t you decry the slaughter houses where the animals don’t even see the freaking sun and where millions enjoy a nice juicy burger or chicken wing?! Or better yet why don’t you decry all the wars, human trafficking and genocide going on where our fellow HUMANS are suffering everyday?! There are worse things in this world than bullfights and anyone that wants to focus negatively on them is the worst kind of hypocrite. The bull is dead in less than a half hour and is eaten shortly after. Which is a far kinder fate than the rest of the world. So get over it. Long live bull fights!

      • bob
        2016 | 9 November at 18:39 #

        how bout the fact that bullfighting is completely and underly cruel. Yes, it is a tradition but some traditions should die already. It is a barbaric and inhumane thing to do anyone with a brain or moral could be that.

    • Al
      2014 | 4 June at 10:21 #

      What a stuck up, pretentious areshole you are. And you clearly know nothing about the matter.

  2. ThePaganSun
    2014 | 13 March at 02:28 #

    I like it and seriously, if you idiots don’t like it, then don’t see it! But it’s part of Spain’s culture and no more “cruel” than your typical McDonald’s burger! At least here the bull is given the chance to fight. If it’s not part of your culture, go to hell! There are worse things in this world than bullfights! Why don’t you people make yourselves useful and decry the genocides in Africa where actual HUMANS suffer and die everyday?! Stupid animal loving idiots with nothing better to do….get a damn life! ¡Viva la corrida!

  3. matthew dai dai
    2014 | 2 April at 03:04 #

    the bulls dont have feelings and theyre being put into a better place, its all good. amelia, youre a retard cuz youre whole argument revolves around what the bull needs and not what humans need, humans need entertainment and this is how mexicans get it, so lay off will ya? they probly use the bulls remains as food so they arent put to waste, yah its cruel to kill animals, but everything dies sooner or later, theyre probly gonna want to be put into heaven where they can play and fight eachother sooner, right? so lets do what the bulls want and just keep bull fighting, its cool to watch and the bulls dont know how good it is for them, and obviously neither do oyu, nerd

  4. matthew dai dai
    2014 | 2 April at 03:07 #

    and no, its not a sport, youre right, its seen as an art form and cultural event, read the whole article before t=you go on a rant, ya dengus

  5. Kyle
    2014 | 12 May at 04:16 #

    Obviously you two did not take the time to read his full article, where he specifically states that it is not sport, but an art form. He also does a very nice job of explaining how to fight is more equal than it appears, with the bull’s ability to adapt quickly to the situation. Fully read and comprehend his article, and you will see what he is talking about. You don’t have to like bullfighting by any means, but at least have the decency to respect those who consider this a part of their national identity.

    • k
      2016 | 20 October at 14:03 #

      okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  6. trey
    2016 | 31 March at 19:29 #

    Yeah I agree with Kyle, Matthew, and Pagan it is an art form and Spanish culture you have no right to say bad stuff about someone’s culture its like saying your culture is bad and you should change it.

  7. Cozetta
    2016 | 28 April at 18:59 #

    While there are worse things than bullfights, I, argue to most of all that I disagree with, this topic is on bullfights. Most of your only argument is that there are worst things in the world. ? That’s not really a thorough reason to appreciate bullfighting.

  8. Marisa
    2016 | 28 October at 18:23 #

    Matthew Dai Dai– ”humans need entertainment and this is how Mexicans get it”. Are we in Ancient Rome?! These forms of entertainment are archaic. Do you think Mexicans don’t have internet or hobbies that don’t include watching bulls die? And you, ThePaganSun, can’t compare bullfighting to eating a hamburger. That’s completely incorrect. There’s a difference between eating because you’re hungry and eating because you just murdered an animal and don’t want to waste it’s mutilated corpse. Seriously. If they actually wanted to eat beef, they’d go buy some at the store like a civilized human being.In addition, Kyle, you’re also mistaken. I don’t understand how you could possibly trust this one stupid article that says that bullfighting is fair. Didn’t you know? Days before the actual fight, the bulls are essentially tortured. Their ears are stuffed with wet newspapers, their eyes covered in vaseline, and a strong caustic solution is applied to their legs to impair their senses and balance for the fight. Furthermore, they are fed laxatives and have needles stuck in the genitalia and then left in a dark box until the fight, where they are disoriented, hurt, and scared. IN ADDITION, it’s never a swift or respectful kill.

  9. KM811
    2017 | 11 January at 01:26 #

    Sure, bullfighting is cruel, but of course, you need to take time to consider others’ opinions, and if you still don’t like them, either don’t say anything at all about it, or disagree respectfully. Don’t calling each other mean names, like retards. If you guys are going to disrespect each other than carelessly, than mumble it under your breath or something, don’t go posting mean things about other people. If you agree with someone, you can tell them, I agree, and add on, or don’t say anything. It is no the kindest thing to call people mean names. People say that sticks and stones may break their bones, but words will never hurt them. I like that attitude they were going for, but that is not always the case, so just respect everyone’s feelings, thoughts, opinions, and courage to speak out their opinions. If anything you should call them brave, beautiful, smart, and courageous! Just saying, no one deserves to be treated that way, especially those bulls and horses!!

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