DISGUSTING practices in Colombia: bull”fighting”

Bullfighting in Colombia

From the five Latin American countries that have a bullfighting industry, Colombia seems to be the second most bullfighting country.

Bullfighting in Colombia formally started with bullfights celebrating the independence from Spain, but was performed by the Spaniards who conquered the region (there are records about Alonso Luis de Lugo bringing 60 ‘bullfighting bulls’ from Spain to Bogotá in 1543). However, the industry only reached its maturity in the 20th century. In 1917, two Spanish bullfighters went to Bogotá and developed the industry there. In 1955, the season started in Manizales – rivalling with Bogotá in popularity – and in 1957, Calí followed.

Today, the bullfighting industry has at least 86 permanent bullrings (the biggest in Bogotá, Manizales, Calí, Medellín, Bucaramanga and Cartagena), more than 30 breeding farms of ‘bullfighting bulls’, and eight bullfighting schools (Calí, Medellín, Manizales, Choachí, Sogamoso, Nobsa, Ubaté and Lenguazaque).

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In 2004 the bullfighting industry, supported by the president (Álvaro
Uribe Vélez) and his family, successfully secured one critical national law, Law 916 (‘Bullfighting Code’), which regulates the industry and declares bullfighting as ‘an artistic expression of human beings’.

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Read more in CAS International

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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