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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
Bullfighting is a form of art.
It has been suggested
that the movement of the bull expresses majesty and grace.
It has been suggested that bullfighting ranks as its own artistic discipline on par with sculptures and paintings, for example by
Bullfighting is an art as well as a form of inspiration for artists and intellectuals such as
In 2010, Spain's capital city
protected bullfighting as an art form.
Federico García Lorca
described the bullfight as "probably Spain's greatest poetic and life-sustaining wealth (...) the most cultured 'fiesta' anywhere in the world".
In 2011, the Spanish Prime Minister
José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
officially recognized bullfighting as an "artistic discipline and cultural product".
Just because an activity is considered a form of art does not in itself make it ethical to perform.
Art, as the superior aesthetic expression of our creative inner selves, cannot include torture and violence.
The concept of art is a personal one. Hence, it cannot be generalised
. (By definiton then, people will always disagree on its meaning)
Other brutal sports, like boxing, are not considered an 'art' either.