Animal Cruelty Now Illegal, Bulls Excluded
Fri Jan 17,11:03 AM ET

MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards will in future face prosecution for beating their dogs or starving their canaries, but they will be able to attend bullfights with impunity under a reform of the country's penal code announced on Friday. ... The new rules do not apply to bullfighting which often horrifies foreigners but is considered an art form and a national sport by many Spaniards...

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Now that Spain has made it illegal to abuse animals, should they take the final step and make it illegal to abuse bulls as well?
Animal Cruelty Now Illegal, Bulls Excluded

Fri Jan 17,11:03 AM ET

MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards will in future face prosecution for beating their dogs or starving their canaries, but they will be able to attend bullfights with impunity under a reform of the country`s penal code announced on Friday. ... The new rules do not apply to bullfighting which often horrifies foreigners but is considered an art form and a national sport by many Spaniards...

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19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 8:30:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bullfighting is one of the sickest things I've ever seen. They repeatedly stab the innocent bull until it dies a slow and painful death. The bull has no chance in hell of winning.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 8:32:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, bullfighting is pretty sick, I think they should. It's one of the worse forms of animal cruelty.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 8:33:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
"A competition rich in culture and history." Yeah, so was slave labor. I think they should outlaw bullfights/running of the bulls, plus crack down on the sociopathic redneck fests they call rodeos.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/31/03 - 1:01:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought that bulls would have been classed as 'animals'.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/31/03 - 1:51:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I went to a bullfight when I was younger...I think I quite enjoyed it then, but I do not approve in any way now, and would be very happy to see it banned.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/31/03 - 1:53:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
Shouldn't have bulls been included in this new law?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/31/03 - 1:53:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
However, I would say that it is one of the only sports that involve killing animals where the animal has a chance to fight back...Hunting for deer, fox hunting etc...they are the blood sports that are worse I would say, and should also be stopped.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/31/03 - 11:56:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Bulls *should* have been included in the new law, but they aren't.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/9/03 - 7:29:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
part yes/part no.ok, if *I* was the head of the spanish government. i would immediatly ban it because it literally makes me sick to see them cheer on people torturing poor bulls. but then again i'm not.the spanish seem to not care enough since they started this sport in the first place, it's their traditional sport and since it never bothered them to see a poor bull die just like i doubt it suddenly will.i doubt my point is gonan get across...but whatever.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/9/03 - 7:31:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
What Tas said.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/9/03 - 7:31:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes!!! That is the most cruel thing anyone could do. I can't watch whenever that's on. I get seriously depressed.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 1:16:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
I am an adamant anti-bullfighter and live in Spain. I argue constantly with my boyfriend about this but wouldn´t dare argue about it with a stranger - the spanish are incredibly proud of this tradition. It will be many MANY years before this sport is banned. Unlike other bloodsports such as foxhunting, bullfighting is supported by the vast majority of the population - bullfighters are massive celebrities, young boys want to be like them. And it´s not just bullfighting in itself. In almost every town in spain there are annual fiestas and practically all of them have a "running of the bull", not just in Pamplona - all the streets are shut off with iron bars and anyone who wants to get in on the action can enter the cage, chase the bull, throw stuff at it etc etc. The first and only time I saw this I left in tears after only a feww seconds.
However, the tradition is so inbuilt throughout spanish society that I don´t believe it will be banned for many ye
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 7:16:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Bullfighting is sick. It needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, the people who keep it going are mostly tourists visiting Spain.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 7:25:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don´t think the tourists keep it going staygold - it´s a highly important part of spanish culture for the spaniards, and it would continue to exist regardless of whether or not tourists came to spain. As I said, almost every town, even the tiniest ones, bring in bulls at fiesta time and chase them round the streets - a mini bullfight if you like - and no tourists go to these.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 7:26:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh you're right - it says that most tourists are appalled.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 7:32:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
My spanish boyfriend and I have agreed never to touch upon the subject as he is for it and I´m against - it´s a very spanish thing, and I think it´s hard for any foreigner to truly understand. It seems to be a sort of macho pride thing - man is better than bull etc (which is not strictly true, the bull quite often gets his own back )
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 7:34:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm with becky. I don't know where Spanish men would be without that "macho pride thing." Taking away bullfighting would be seen as a personal affront, as it's so entwined in the culture and so tied in to the concept of manhood.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/9/04 - 9:05:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well maybe they should get with the 21st century and realize they don't need to conquer beast to be a man?

Bulls Gore Four on Third Day of Pamplona Fiesta

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/10/04 - 12:11:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I don't see how abuse of any other animals is now illegal but it's still okay to abuse bulls. Regardless of whether or not it is part of their culture, it is still wrong. I never realized just how abusive they really are to the bulls until I read this thread.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/1/05 - 4:05:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it should be stopped. It is incredibly stupid and cruel. Though I always do admit to a certain amount of satisfaction when people who are harming the bull get gored. They do not have any of my sympathy.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/1/05 - 4:33:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't that already fall under the category of animal abuse?? I mean, bulls are animals--why make an exception for them?
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/1/05 - 4:35:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't even know how they find bull fighting amusing.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/8/06 - 7:23:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, gees, when I read the first part of the question, the bulls is what came to mind immediately.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/11/07 - 3:14:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is just awful...I know it's tradition, but seriously - WHY? Warning: one pic is nsfw

Running with the Bulls 2007

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/11/07 - 3:16:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bulls really should be included. Bullfighting is just as bad as dogfighting or roosterfighting.

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