Bullfighting has been the cause of many heated debates over the years as more and more people have come to see how cruel and unnecessary it really is. There are still some who argue that bullfighting is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years, which is why it should be protected. However, that argument really isn’t seen as good enough anymore and there is actually a lot more wrong with bullfighting than many people are actually aware of.
You see, the cruelty that is dealt to the bulls does not just happen in the ring at the time of the fight. Bulls by nature are fairly docile and even lazy animals, so to get them to react in the way they need in the ring the owners have to subject them to harsh treatment days before the fight. This includes making them disorientated both visually and audibly, occasionally injecting them with drugs and generally being tormented by their handlers. Then they are finally released into the ring and the final chapter begins.
Another danger of bullfighting is that many of the people involved are also injured each year. Some receive fairly light injuries but others have become paralysed, lost limbs and even died.
When you actually sit back and think about it, there really don’t seem to be any arguments that stand up in favor of bullfighting. There certainly isn’t much to recommend it as a great excursion to take when you are on your two weeks holiday.
There are now only nine countries worldwide that still practice bullfighting, with pressure being placed on them to make it illegal. Many others such as Germany, Italy, the UK, Denmark, Argentina, Cuba, etc. have already banned this so called sport by law. Even countries that are heavily associated with bullfighting have seen a real change in the attitude of their citizens, which can only be good news for the future. For example, in the territory of Spain there are several regions that have now banned bullfighting such as the Canary Islands, Catalonia, etc. The majority of France has now abolished the practice, with just a few regions close to the Spanish border still hosting events and taking part.
It is sad when traditions are lost or they die out in a country, but carrying out the practices involved in bullfighting simply has no justification. At the end of the day, it is cruelty to animals pure and simple. Many tourists that have visited a country known for its bullfighting such as Spain or Portugal have felt that they should attend a fight to experience a real tradition of the country that they are visiting. The vast majority of those tourists reported later that they were sickened and left at the first opportunity never to return again. So, if you find yourself taking a trip in a country that hosts bullfighting events, save yourself the upset and spend your evening taking part in something altogether more pleasant.
Finally, many other countries have traditions that did not necessarily have the nicest practices included in them, but they have still managed to save them. They do this by adapting the tradition for the modern day and acting parts of the old traditions out. So if a country’s main argument is that it is trying to preserve the tradition then maybe the way to go is to create a ‘theatre’ instead. I know I would be much more likely when on my holiday to go and see an enactment of a bullfight. I also know that wild horses could not drag me to the real thing.
About the author: Rachel Ramos is a writer and professional travel blogger. She shares her trips (in Denmark they say rejser) on her blog.