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Should Bullfighting 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.
Many organizations have spoken out against bullfighting.
Animals deserve the same treatment as human beings.
There is evidence that cows specifically have relatively high sentience. There is evidence that they experience
prolonged emotional reactions
to physical and emotional trauma, and that they can be trained to
If the activity harms innocent creatures, people should no longer be able to do what they want.
animals as ‘sentient’
was introduced to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act 1999 in August 2015.
Many studies have shown that
animals possess characteristics
associated with sentience.
As the scientific knowledge on sentience continues to grow and we understand more and more about the impact humans have on animals, it becomes increasingly
unethical and illogical
to continue to cause animals harm.
Humans regularly eat beef and wear leather. These industries kill
cattle than bullfights, frequently using
. We clearly do not recognise such a responsibility generally.
In a bullfight, the bull is attempting to kill the matador. There is no moral obligation to be merciful to something that is trying to kill you.
One should know that a "toro de lidia" is treated with utmost respect, admiration and care throughout its life, including in the bullring where the bull will fight to the death against the matador. These bulls have a much more virtuous life than most bovine creatures.
Sentience of other animals, such as pigs, does not create commanding responsibility to take care for them.
One of the
with understanding sentience and demonstrating its existence at a scientific level, is that the concept relates to a being’s own thoughts, feelings and emotions, none of which can be fully understood or described by physiological processes or anatomical structures.