Bullfighting - 5/5/08 Ryan Flaherty Bullfighting...

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5/5/08 Ryan Flaherty Bullfighting Bullfighting; is it cultural entertainment or pointless cruelty? Bullfighting has been around for centuries and is considered an important tradition in many places around the world. Every year, in Spain alone, approximately 35,000 bulls are tortured and killed in these fights. Eight other countries, including Portugal and France, allow these cruel events to take place. Although bullfighting is a historical tradition for many countries, it is cruel and sadistic and should be made illegal worldwide. As well as being historical, bullfighting is also a large part of the economy of many countries. It is a billion dollar a year industry that employs many people. A majority of this money comes from sponsors, like Pepsi, Corona and Anheuser Busch (Tradition 1). This essentially means that the cost of a life is 60,000 dollars. The staff involved with the “show” aspect of bullfights usually consists of three matadors , the stars of the show, six picadors , the lancers on horseback, and numerous banderilleros , men and women who help the matador defeat the bull. Many other employment opportunities, that are not part of the show aspect, are still created solely because of bullfights. For example, bull breeders breed the type of bull necessary for bullfights. Bulls used for the fights are supposed to be smaller than regular bulls, and they tend to be more aggressive and are able to withstand greater pain (History 1). Another little known employee of the bullfighting industry is the costume maker. The hand-made costumes are called traje de luces, which literally means suit of lights. They require the efforts of many different tailors and can cost up to 15,000 dollars each and a matador needs six new costumes for
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every bullfighting season (History 2). Is there a marginal cost of life? Is there a price where killing for public amusement is acceptable? Because apparently there is to six societies in Europe and the Americas. As well as being a large part of many countries’ economies, bullfighting is very historical, dating back to 2000 BC (History 1). Wall paintings found in Knossos, Crete depict a type of contest involving a charging bull and acrobats grabbing its horns and jumping over its back. It has also been discovered that bullfights were very popular in ancient Rome (History 1). Bullfighting, as it is known today, began in the early 1700’s, men atop horses fighting a bull (History 1). The matador, who fights on the ground, was later added. In 1726, matador, Francisco Romero of Ronda, Spain, introduced the muelta (the cape) and the estoque (the sword) which are now trademarks of the fight (History 1). Supporters of bullfights argue that since bullfighting is historical and has been a tradition
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