Glorified cruelty. This week, the second bullfighter died within the past year, highlighting the suffering it inflicts on animals and danger it poses to ‘toreros,’ implies Adrian Lee of the Daily Express. The act is particularly cruel on the animal, which is speared several times, as it slowly bleeds out throughout the skirmish. Some are claimed to be kept in confined spaces to rile them up for the fight. Bullfighting isn’t a fair duel, involving a team of up to six fighters that assist the ‘torero.’ Many animal rights groups have decried the practice, trying to ban it in the few countries that practice it.
Misunderstood tradition. Critics don’t fully understand bullfighting, which gives its bulls happier lives than one would think, argues Robin Irvine of Independent. Bull-breeders raise them in as natural a habitat as possible, in herds, on wide swathes of land with access to water, dust baths and hidden areas to retreat to. They work with teams including nutritionists, cowhands, vets and ethologists to ensure the creatures’ physical and psychologically fulfillment. The tradition shouldn't be banned as it encourages humane upbringing of its bulls.