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Should Bullfighting be Banned?
The historical experience of bullfighting has lent itself to become a source of modern day identity.
Parts of the Spanish pro-bullfighting lobby are working to have it listed it on Spain's intangible heritage list with
Bullfighting deepens cultural bonds within the Spanish-speaking world, as it is commonly practised in Spain, Mexico and Colombia.
Bullfighting allows people to
to a traditional and great Spain and therefore is a source of identity.
Bullfighting was necessary for the creation of Spain once the reconquista was successful, as it provided a set of
that could be practiced by the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula.
Early 20th century Spanish literature traces bullfighting as an age-old tradition that is peculiar to 'Spain' (
McCormick, p. 8
The validity of bullfighting has been contested several times in Spain's history. Enlightenment intellectuals regarded it as barbaric and considered it a spectacle to disenfranchise the masses from wider political issues. Thus the expression, mimicking
bread and bulls
Many in Spain do
the practice of bullfighting - especially the Catalans, those who identify with a modern Europe and animal rights activists.
The case of
- where bullfighting has been replaced by baseball as a cultural touchstone - illustrates both the cultural power that this sport has and how it can be changed.
It was only in the late 19th and 20th centuries that bullfighting experienced a boost.