Bullfighting, Art or Brutality
Bullfighting in Barcelona was banned on July 28, 2010, with the ruling coming into force on January 1, 2012. Spain has become internationally known for its bullfighting, a tradition that spawns debate in many parts of the world and within Spain itself. Fans of bullfighting claim that it is a culturally important tradition, while animal rights activists argue that it is a bloodsport due to the suffering of bulls and horses involved.
Deplored by some and adored by others, bullfighting is a bloody and violent spectacle that straddles the boundaries between art and brutality. Spanish bullfighting was first brought to the attention of the Western world in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “A Sun Also Rises.”
In fact, bullfighting is not just a Spanish tradition; Portugal, Latin America and a few cities in southern France also have a history of bullfighting.