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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
Cultural practices, discourses and material expressions surrounding bullfighting give social meaning to societies.
The importance of bullfighting in Spain can be seen in linguistics: 42 idioms come from bullfighting
(Boers and Lindstromberg, p. 365)
and they are often
, even without knowing their origin.
Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, India is a 5,000-year-old tradition that is conducted during a harvest festival and is read by some as a "
cultural resistance to an urban modernity that tends to marginalise rural and agrarian values
In Spain, bullfighting is so integral that the government plans to include it as an optional
's Supreme Court overruled a ban on bullfighting because it represents a “cultural form of expression.”
In Spain, the bull is viewed with respect and considered a symbol of beauty in the bullfighting community.
Social meaning is created through more cultural practices than bullfighting.
Abstract values like social meaning are not more valuable than concrete ones like material suffering.
Fatal practices should be banned regardless of their cultural meaning. They can be preserved in history books, but they are not necessary to embrace a particular culture. For example:
, etc. these practices are now banned but their cultures still persist.