"Africa begins at the pyrenees": Moral outrage, hypocrisy, and the spanish bullfight

Ethics and the Environment 12 (1):23-38 (2007)
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: The long history of criticism directed at bullfighting usually suggests that there is something especially morally noxious about it. I analyze the claims that bullfighting is distinctively immoral, comparing it to more widely accepted practices such as the slaughtering of animals for food. I conclude that, while bullfighting is horrific, the emphasis on it as especially "uncivilized" may serve to disguise the similarities that it has with other practices that also depend on animal suffering. I conclude that, for many, the hypocritical maintenance of a self-image as "civilized," despite great moral crimes committed against animals, seems to be facilitated by a focus on this especially dramatic example of animal cruelty

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The Lives of Animals.J. M. Coetzee - 2016 - Princeton University Press.

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