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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
Traditional bullfighting - the practice of fighting with bulls that includes physically injuring them - should be banned.
The fact that bulls are - like human beings - sentient creatures creates moral responsibilities towards them. These responsibilities are not compatible with the practice of bullfighting.
Bullfighting, as a
sport, reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.
Bullfighting is cruel.
Bullfighting is overly dangerous for participants and spectators.
When bullfighting is perceived as a core part of national identity (e.g. in Spain) it brands a country's culture as violent and diminishes its international reputation.
Breeding bulls for bullfights causes ecological problems.
If bullfighting were forbidden, the "
" cattle population would no longer exist and be
The aggression catharsis hypothesis
suggests that bullfights are useful to collectively free ourselves of negative and aggressive feelings, which are inherent to human nature.
To get governments to ban things is not the right way to stop something people don't like, even if there are good reasons for not wanting it.
The exhibition of such violence against an animal has turned some into animal activism, vegetarianism or other forms of compassion towards animals.
Bullfighting can benefit national economies.
Bullfighting is a sport and therefore should be legal.
Bullfighting is part of the history and the culture in several countries. Culture should be preserved.
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