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Bullfighting Declared an “Art Form” in Spain


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Source: http://www.care2.com/causes/bullfighting-declared-an-art-form-in-spain.html

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Much to the horror and chagrin of animal rights activists in Spain, bullfighting was given a special status as “an artistic discipline.” The Ministry of Culture was given the task of promoting and protecting bullfighting as a “cultural product.” Proponents lauded the measure, saying that bullfighting was a symbol of Spanish heritage, while critics accused the government of abandoning its commitment to animal rights.
Bullfighting is illegal in Catalonia and the Canary Islands. And many say that bullfighting only exists because it is subsidized by the Spanish taxpayer. Attendance is waning, it faces significant unpopularity among Spanish youth and a poll in a Spanish newspaper last year revealed that 60% of Spanish citizens do not approve of the “sport.” Bullfighting has also been hit hard by the economic crisis.
The decision to officially preserve bullfighting as a cultural artifact, which was announced by Spain’s prime minister, was apparently made to stop more regions from banning it. Animal rights activists, unsurprisingly, are furious. Silvia Barquero, a spokesperson for Pacma, an anti-bullfighting political party, said that the decision to switch responsibility to the ministry of Culture was “complete nonsense…a measure which sends us back to the Middle Ages.”
A middle-aged man and father of one was recently gored to death in a related cultural tradition, Valencia’s “Bulls in the Street” festival. In this festival and others like it, volunteers are chased by a bull through the streets of a town, and people are often killed or injured. Spectators are often hurt during bullfights, which last about 20 minutes and involve a bull’s public death.
Any “sport” that centers around the death of an animal should be outlawed. But, most puzzlingly, bullfighting is becoming less popular and often results in spectators’ death or injury. From this perspective, there seems no logical reason why the government would want to promote or develop such a dangerous practice. Making bullfighting into a cultural product may seem like a smart move for a country seeking tourist revenue, but from an ethical and safety standpoint (i.e. keeping the tourists alive once they’re in the bullfighting ring), it makes absolutely no sense.

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  • Only time I enjoy watching a Bullfight is when the Torero or Matador gets gored to death.. I always cheer for the bull.. Sick sport..

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  • Sick tradition.

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  • The only valid reason for keeping bullfighting is that occasionally the bull manages to gore the guy in the gay suit.

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  • This happened due to the enormous pressure from the bullfighting industry lobby, which is very strong in Spain. But believe me, this is not what most of our people want.

    It is quite shameful, nonetheless.

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  • Fucktards.

    The only thing good to ever come out of Spain was Rebecca Linares.

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  • If I were a bull this is how I would choose to die.

    There is some amount of glory and honor in this man versus beast spectacle. At least the bull has a chance, albeit a small one, to inflict the same punishment on his oppressors as is inflicted upon him.

    I, too, cheer for the bull!

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  • getting a horn stuck up your ass is an art, agree

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  • Bullfighting is most certainly an art form, rather than a sport, as the end is hardly in doubt eh?

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    • @ElegantDecline

      very abusive 'art' form...

      I dont recall now if Spain is in the EU, but if it does then it's a disgrace.

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    • @aydeo It is, and they also practice bull fighting in Portugal, plus an area of France called the 'Camargue' which has a famous horse/bull tradition

      I've been to several, and in each fight there are seven 'kills'...for the audience its really about how its done, the style of the Torreodor, and courage, rather than the kill itself.
      This is why in Portugal they don't kill the bulls

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    • @aydeo

      A comment born of supine ignorance.

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  • why not? Fucktard liberals put crosses in urine and call it art. So why not bull fighting?

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    • @_Byron_

      yeah, theatrical animal torture and religious bashing art are the same thing. Good point

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    • @nkdmansam

      you miss the point. Libs will call any hate filled bigotry of theirs "art" and that's just fine, plus it's tax payer funded.

      In this case, Bullfighting is ACTUALLY a very old tradition. I know it gets liberal panties all in a knot but fuck you, it's art!!

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    • @_Byron_

      it is "art", just like beating a dog to death with sticks is "art"... one is a crime, one is a tradition, both involve the cruel torture of animals leading to death.

      How you can equate that to a cross with pee on it (which involves no torture or slow death) is beyond me.

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    • @nkdmansam

      ya, I really don't give a shit. You libs care nothing about human life and everything about animals.

      It's a bull, with fucking spears growing out of it's head. I know, it makes your asshole pucker up to watch but who the hell are you to judge? Where's your moral relativism? Where is your tolerance of other cultures?

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    • @_Byron_

      actually, we care about human life too, which is why we think people should have medical care whether they can afford to pay for it or not. We are also the group most heavily involved in the pursuance and enforcement of human (and to a lesser extent, animal) rights across the globe.

      my tolerance for abuse towards animals stems from our complete domination of them.

      If a man in the woods encounters a bear, the two scuffle and the man kills it, that's fine. When a man and his friend More..

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  • i think when the bull wins, that is pure ART

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  • Disgusting
    Enough said !!

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