Ban bullfighting discussion is on it's highways this days. No wonder it has drown such attention form the animals lover all over the world. Each bullfight involves the slow torture to death of six or more bulls. The terror begins behind the scenes, before the fight, when the bull is severely handicapped. Cotton wool is stuffed into its nose to hamper breathing, vaseline is smeared into its eyes to blur vision and its horns are often painfully filed down to distort its sense of direction.
The worst is yet to come however. Once in the arena, horseback riders weaken the bull by stabbing its neck and shoulders with long, sharp lances. Then, to make it lower its head into the typical charging pose, six hooked spears are forcefully driven into its neck muscles. The cruelty culminates with a fatal stabbing through the heart with a sword.
Afterwards, the bull's ears and tail are cut off and thrown to the crowd. Horses are also victims, often being gutted, gored and killed in this sadistic routine.
Bullrings in holiday spots survive thanks to ticket sales to unsuspecting tourists. Many are disgusted at what they see and regret having supported such barbarity.
Among the countries which allow bullfighting are Spain, Portugal, France, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. In the USA and Canada, a bloodless form of Portuguese-style bullfighting is practised.
Here are quotation from the official ban bullfighting petition. 'The bulls used in these gory spectacles never stand a chance; even before they enter the ring, they are subjected to beatings that injure their kidneys and are given laxatives to weaken them. These animals are often kept in total darkness for days and have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to blur their vision. Once in the ring, the bull is exhausted and taunted by men on horseback, who run him in circles and trick him. Then lances are driven into his back and neck muscles, which, in addition to being extremely painful, impairs his ability to lift his head and starts the blood loss. Once he is weakened from the blood loss, the matador provokes the animal into attempting a few exhausted charges, then tries to kill the bull. He rarely succeeds on the first try, often just causing further mutilation and torture of the animal. Finally, an executioner is called in to stab the animal and he is dragged from the arena, but only after his ears are cut off as a "trophy." The pain that the poor beasts go through is unimaginable. You can hardly call this humane." All this facts explain the strong will of many people to ban bullfighting.
Barcelona has voted to ban bullfighting, after a big campaign by animal rights groups. Nearly 250,000 people signed a petition calling for abolition in Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital. The motion states: Barcelona is an anti-bullfighting city.
About 100 bulls are killed each year in bullfights in Barcelona's only working bull ring, La Monumental, watched mainly by curious tourists.
An impressive topic to discuss is bans bullfights for kids. Spanish psychologists say children should not be banned from attending bullfights, but most of them are not interested in the national pastime anyway. After one region of Spain banned children under 14 from going to bullfights, child protection authorities in Madrid asked five university professors to examine whether there were psychological reasons for taking a similar move. However the reports highlighted a generation gap in attitudes towards bullfighting, with children viewing the traditional Spanish fiesta as something for old people.