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Tourada , Traditional bullfighting, Portugal , Portugal
Traditional bullfighting, Portugal

Although considered cruel by many, bullfighting, or 'La Tourada', is still widely practiced in Portugal

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Tourada Portugal
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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In Portugal, the tourada (bullfight) is done on horseback. Primarily, the horse rider plants banderillas between the hock and neck of the bull, which wounds the animal. Forcados follow the horse rider and control the animal with their strength, tactics and authority. The bull is never killed in public but slaughtered outside the arena. Only the city of Barrancos has the authorisation to slaughter the bull in the arena in what some believe is a cruel practice that still continues today.

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Tourada , Bullfighting on horseback, Portugal , Portugal
Bullfighting on horseback, Portugal

The bulls are no longer slaughtered in public

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Tourada , The Arena , Portugal
The Arena

Lisbon's bullfighting Arena

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Tourada , Portugal
Tourada © Inacio Pires / 123RF
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