Bullfighting is no longer a mainstay national sports in major parts of Spain and even outlawed in many regions. According to a recent article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/catalonia-votes-to-ban-bullfighting-1855945.html , the Catalan parliament has voted to outlaw it across the region. This will take effect in May of this year. This is the result of a large number of the Spaniards who have protested the sport for years.
I was surprised to read that a 2004 Gallup poll of citizens in the region showed 80% opposed to the sport. Imagine, Catalonia without bullfighting. For me this is big news. The article points out that actually this all came about mainly because the younger citizens no longer find it all that interesting and the TV networks no longer broadcast it because it is too bloody. Regardless of ‘why’ it happened, I am glad. We may even one day see the end of the stupid ‘running of the bulls’ which annually usually kills or maims one or more persons.
In the U.S. cock-fighting and dog-fighting are not only outlawed, but its participants may face imprisonment for alignment with the events. Even the governments of the world can and do respond, sometimes, to public sentiments on such matters.
The problem with bulllfighting is that it is both cruel and exploitative. It utilizes another species without its consent. It is also terrible for people to obtain some type of entertainment from watching another species bullied and tortured. I have learned that I am not beholden to continue any practices of my forefathers which I find to be morally or spiritually repugnant. It is hoped that each new generation of people will grow incrementally better than the preceding one. Veganism gives us excellent standards to emulate.