Bull fighting is a traditional event in Spain, Portugal and other Hispanic countries. Bull fighting involves one or more bulls that are being fought in a bullring. This is considered a blood sport, but to some people it is not a sport at all. It is at least a cultural event and art form.
The fighting event involves professional toreros (the the most senior is called a matador) who perform moves which have meaning, in accordance to the bullfighter’s style. These moves are usually performed when the bulls are weakened and tried.
When the bullfighter successfully hooks the bull multiple times behind the shoulder, the bullfight will end with the killing of the bull. This is done with a single sword thrust, called estocada.
In some countries, it is illegal to kill the bull. In that case they are released back to its owners.
There are many bullfighting venues all over the word. The largest is the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City. It can accommodate around 48,000 people.
- Bull Riding — a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck them off.
- Buzkashi — a Central Asian sport like polo in which riders on horses attempt to drag a goat carcass toward the goal. There is a variant known as kokpar which is quite similar.
- Hunting — an activity that involves tracking and killing animals with various weapons.
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