The deeper you look into the nature of bullfighting, the harder it becomes to comprehend and accept its culture. On the one hand, bullfighting is a highly spectacle ritual, including many artistic aspects, such as the rituals of starting the performance, the attire of participants and the dedication of the killed bull to the audience or to a single person. On the other hand, bullfighting cruelty incidents allow thousands of bulls to die for the sake of entertainment.
Bullfighting cruelty incidents do not only correspond to the bullfighting show alone, where you can see how the bull is killed and the audience glees, but also to the other aspects, associated with the bullfighting tradition in one way or another. The phenomenon of bullfighting at the arena leads to other numerous and more sophisticated tortures of bulls all around the countries, where bullfighting is legal. For instance, in many cities of Spain, bullfighting cruelty incidents include the process, when the bull is running for hours in the streets, while people throw darts at it. When it is too tortured and weak from the loss of blood to continue its escape, the villagers cut his testicles while he is still alive. This barbarity occurs between 23 and 29, June, annually. Particularly, the event takes place during the Fiesta of San Juan in Coria, Spain, in which many tourists and locals participate. Instead of banning such cruelty in the streets, the government continues to allow it, since it promotes tourism to Spain.
A limitless number of bulls is not only killed in the streets, but there are also such bullfighting cruelty cases, when the bulls are drowned in the sea. For instance, Santa Catarina, Brazil, annually holds Farra do Boi, literally meaning Oxen Fun Days, which is an Easter time ritual, when intoxicated men chase an ox through the streets and the animal is sometimes driven into the sea in a desperate attempt to escape its chasers, armed with sticks and rocks. The culmination of the festival is either beating the animal to death or drowning. Do not you think that bullfighting has turned from the performance, showing the courage and mastery of toreros, into a variety of primitive acts of violence?
You can also refer the case of a charitable bullfight for children with the Down syndrome on April 22, 2004, in Granada, Spain, to the evidence of bullfighting cruelty incidents. Many people suggest that to raise money for children and their families, torturing animals, is immoral and unethical. However, it was not the most outrageous fact that the Down Syndrome Association accepted the money from the bullfight. It was more than pitiless, immoral and unethical to take those children to watch the bullfights.
Conclusively, although today Spain and other countries try to preserve their national heritage, announcing that bullfighting is an integral part of their culture and it is impossible to deprive nationals of it, they seem to forget ancient traditions of bullfighting, since historically it was carried out to celebrate notable occasions, Royal weddings or military victories. On the contrary, bullfighting countries have burst into an enormous abuse and violence, whereas it is impossible to call chasing and drowning the bulls in the sea either an art or sport.