Bullfighting = Animal Cruelty?

Ist2_586309_angry_bull_vectorToday in class, we got to talking about the Spanish Tradition of bullfighting.  In a bullfight–which are huge sporting events in Spain attended by thousands in stadiums like our football stadiums—matadors attempt to kill a bull.

The matador has a red or purple cape because the red cape represents bravery or courage and the purple one represents like majesty. The matadors wear these clothes called the "suits of light." They are decorative clothing to astonish the crowd instead of wearing some regular clothes. Some people get wounded from the bulls if the horns jab into them. The matador tries to trick the bull by getting really close to it.

Some people think that bullfighting is an example of animal cruelty while others think we should respect it and honor Spanish traditions. 

Here’s what we think:

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So what do you think?  Leave us a comment and join us again soon on The Blurb.


The New Kid, Lemonhead the Gerbil and JJ Ju.

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7 Responses to Bullfighting = Animal Cruelty?

  1. Skip Rope says:

    I imagine this blurbcast will generate some activity!
    To start, I do not agree with Bullfighting.
    A tradition where an animal is unfairly prepped for a fight by tiring him with spears, drugging the bull to slow it down and impairing it’s vision does not constitute a fair fight. It’s horns are often shaved so they are not as sharp and cannot inflict as much injury to the matador. Did you know thatBulls’ horns arelike cats’ whiskers, they help the animals navigate, so a sudden change impairs their coordination.
    The ratio on Win’s and losses definately does not favor the bull.
    They say Bullfighting is a tradition in Spain. I believe that Gladiators fighting each other to death was also a tradition in Greece. As the human race develops we should recognize what traditions are for the good of all living creatures and not for our entertainment.

  2. Carapatato says:

    I am not sure who thought that killing bulls would be a fun game but now it is the main sport for most Hispanic countries. I do believe that animal cruelty is abusing pets and killing without a purpose. Hunting for food is not a form of animal cruelty in my opinion but hunting for sport is. I think that bullfighting could of been stopped and is a big form of animal cruelty. I don’t think that they should stop because it is such a big thing but it should defiantly be decreased like less bull fight with less bulls killed

  3. Gina says:

    Bull fighting is animal abuse!!! they should stop it right now!!! I hate bullfighting!! Bullfighting is for meanyheads!!

  4. confedential says:

    Heyy Guys,
    I totally think its wrong to treat those animals like that . I am doing a report on animal cruelty and it need more info. So can you guys find another article about it???
    a fellow school mate

  5. Anonymous says:

    hi! I am from spain and I can say you that bullfighting is an animal abuse, but I think here in my country is very difficult to finish this tradition because we have celebrated it a lot of years and it is part of our cuture as “sevillanas” and “paella”. bye

  6. lalamalamimu says:

    I think bullfighting is entirely pointless! Seriously, why do you have a bull chase you around a ring until you are able to stab it. it is entirely unfair to the bull! Either the human kills it with spears or it kills the human, in which case the bull gets hung! Where is the entertainment in that? It is cruel and unusual punishment which is not allowed in our US constitution and i feel that animals should fall under these rights as well!

  7. Pepe says:

    Please let’s not generalize. Spain is a complex country and there are plenty of areas of Spain were bullfighting HAS NEVER BEEN part of the tradition.

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