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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
severe stress, and ultimately end up dying a slow and torturous death.
of traditional bullfighting, such as bullruns where killing the bull is not the main goal, cause severe pain and stress to the animal.
Appraisals of the
relative level of distress
demonstrated by bulls during bullfights by veterinarians support the conclusion that the bulls are suffering.
The bulls are preemptively handicapped, to ensure that the matador is able to win. Their ability to see, hear and smell is impaired through various techniques, including putting vaseline in their eyes, wet newspaper in their ears and cotton buds in their nostrils. (
Larene Read, p. 24
The act of bullfighting usually involves attempting to kill the bulls multiple times, and the bulls' bodies are mutilated afterwards (
Inflicting needless violence and barbarism and eventually death on a sentient being is immoral. Culture, tradition, and economic benefits should take a back seat to ethics.
Bulls are tortured in the fight as well as
during the pre-fight treatment
, which tortures the bull for days before the fight in order to weaken it.
Spanish bullfights can last between one hour and a half and three hours, divided in
three different stages
. During this time, the bull loses a significant amount of blood and energy, and gets to the last stage exhausted.
Stress levels are
higher during the transport phase
than when the bull is in the ring. Also, during fighting, the bull segregates hormones that help neutralise pain.