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Catalonia says goodbye to bullfighting

The Spanish region outlaws the centuries-old sport


 

Catalonia has become the first major region in Spain to outlaw bullfighting. The ban will take effect in 2012, making it illegal to partake in the centuries-old dance between bull and matador. Catalonia, with its capital Barcelona, has only one functioning bullring, and stages 15 fights a year out of a nationwide total of some 1,000, leaving some to argue that this was a political move by the region to stand out from the rest of Spain. But Joan Puigcercos, a lawmaker from a Catalan pro-independence party, the decision was about “the suffering of the animal. That is the question, nothing more.”

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Catalonia says goodbye to bullfighting

  1. I have mixed feelings about this, I do hate the suffering of the animal. I grew up watching bullfights and I loved it! In my early twenties I hated it and was against it, and haven't seen a bullfight since then but I still love the dance between the "Matador" and the bull. It is part of Spain's culture, they just should outlaw the killing.

    • I haven't watched a bullfight in a long time. I was a big fan of Hemingway, and was seduced by his beautiful "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 honor."

      However, it is not the killing that troubles me; death comes to everything. No matter how fine an author Hemingway was, his work never overcame the one truth that cannot be denied in bullfighting: before the matador really enters the danger zone, the bull has been wounded serially and rendered incapable of true defence. The pain, suffering and handicap he labours under robs the balance and truth from the concept that there is an equality in the possible outcome.

      • I agree with you, it is sad those last moments in the bulls life. I wonder what a Matador is truly thinking about it, what goes in their heads, how do they see the bull, I know they think of it as a great adversary but do they respect the animal for all of his being or just for the fight, for that moment.

        • If I recall correctly, Hemingway would credit him with all of it. In reality, each bullfighter would be unique to himself and who would really know?

          • I have been reading some interviews with some bullfighters and they all seem to think it's some kind of spiritual experience, that no ones loves the bull more than the bullfighter.