The Controversy Over Bullfighting: Background information when reading Or the Bull Kills You

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Or the Bull Kills You

A Mystery

by Jason Webster

Or the Bull Kills You
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    Sep 2011, 304 pages
    Apr 2012, 416 pages

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The Controversy Over Bullfighting

Bullfighting - drenched in symbolism, embedded in tradition - is as synonymous with Spanish culture as flamenco dancing and paella. It is a centuries-old blood sport to beat all blood sports with its ceremonial battle to the death between man and beast. An uneven playing field? Perhaps. Only recently, thousands of stunned fans, both in person and on television, witnessed as a bull gored then pinned to the ground matador Juan José Padilla, severely injuring his face, eye and head. This happened in Madrid just days after a final bullfight played out in Barcelona, capital of the Catalonia region of Spain, where the sport has recently been banned amid a swirl of controversy.


Reportedly, deputies in the local Catalonian parliament voted to ban bullfighting on the principle that it is nothing more than pure animal cruelty. Animal rights groups worldwide applaud the move and continue to urge other regions and other countries to follow suit. However, many, including British ...

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