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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
The aggression catharsis hypothesis
suggests that bullfights are useful to collectively free ourselves of negative and aggressive feelings, which are inherent to human nature.
The public celebration of cruelty, violence and death normalises these things in society.
The catharsis hypothesis - that aggressive behavior reduces anger and aggression - has been consistently proven wrong;
rather leads to more aggressive thoughts and behavior (
Bushman et al., p. 368, 374
satisfy this need already, such wrestling, rodeo or ice-hockey.
As rational human beings, we can find other ways to free ourselves of negative feelings (e.g.
), which avoid the pain of animals.
It is irrational to think that enacting violence against someone frees us of that very violence. Just as meditation and acts of peace stimulate a peaceful state of mind. Violence and hurting others begets violence and the capacity and tendency to hurt others.
Catharsis and Aggression in Social Psychology.
The act of collective
the bull in this way does not in and of itself justify a practice.
Cambridge Declaration of Conscience
declares animals as sentient, so such the relief from aggression applies to nonhuman animals as well.
Negative and aggressive feelings are
to humans but socially and culturally produced.
Watching and participating in bullfights harms the emotional and mental well-being of children.