Bogotá's annual bullfighting season began this weekend, and with it the annual protests against the practice. The animal rights protesters, who call themselves anti-taurinos, were bolstered by new Mayor Gustavo Petro's comments that Bogotá should consider bannin bullfighting, and that the city would no longer provide financial support for it.
Bullfighting certainly is cruel, and the spectacle of people cheering an animal's killing can't be healthy. But bullfighting, known as La Fiesta Brava, does also involve skill, courage and tradition. More broadly, it seems to me that other, much crueler practices, such as cockfighting and factory farming, cause much more suffering to many more animals, but receive little attention.
|Enought Already! of Violent traditions.|
|'Bullfighting: Reinforcer of violent culture.' A strong argument against bullfighting.|
|This car mounted with a bullhead drove past again and again.|
|No more specieism! Apparently, speciesism is as evil as sexism and racism.|
|The protesters' salutes appear disturbing. They were responding to the national anthem being played in the bullfighting stadium.|
|Look at me.|
|It's not art. It's not culture.|
|No more olé.|
|Anti-riot police on guard to prevent protesters from storming the bullfighting stadium.|
|'We want them alive, healthy and free.' But, if not for bullfighting, they wouldn't be alive at all.|
|'Bullfighting is art,' says a poster by bullfighting's defenders.|