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Bullfighting and Animal welfare

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2023

F O Ödberg*
State University of Ghent (RUG) and Free University of Brussels (VUB) RUG, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Animal Genetics and Husbandry, Heidestraat 19, B-9820, Merelbeke, Belgium


Various arguments in favour of and against bullfighting are reviewed. The author advocates a thorough and knowledgeable adaptation, suppressing bloodshed and other sufferings. Through history, the evolution of bullfighting consists of a gradual trend towards the ‘art for the art’. Such a solution would not only keep and even stimulate the aesthetic aspects, but has also more chances to save the animals. Strategically speaking, a fight for total suppression is unlikely to succeed anyway or will last too long.

Research Article
© 1992 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

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