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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
Interest in bullfighting is declining and so is its cultural significance.
Funds allocated for bullfighting in the past are now being spent on other
Bullfighting is a very controversial topic, often with a minority being very passionate about maintaining it and forcing the practice on the wider society. Banning or defunding such practices would accelerate the end of such controversy.
One poll from 2015 claims only 19% of Spanish adults
bullfighting and 58% are against it.
Attendance at bullfighting matches is in severe decline. The number of bullfights held in Spain has
dropped from 953 to 398 in 2014
, according to the Culture Ministry.
The local protests in
against bullfighting bans illustrate the sustained interest.
Traditional bullfighting may only survive with a big enough number of supporters and spectators so it will probably disappear without the need of prohibition due to the competition of digital entertainment.