Why Bullfighting Should Be Considered as an Event in the Olympic Games

The Place Where Bull Fighting Takes Place
Bullfighting has taken root at Kakamega in Western Kenya. Kakamega happens to be a town where a woman is not allowed to eat the gizzard of a chicken. Kakamega is also the land characterized by the weeping stone. The weeping stone and bull fighting are therefore the lead tourist attractions in the zone. The name Kakamega came about in an occurrence where a famished European lady was treated to the famous corn cake of the area. It is eaten by bare hands. Since the children of the area had not seen a white eat it, were so amazed that each time exclaimed, ‘Kha ka mekha.’ This means that she has cut again. When she left, she called the place Kakamega and the name stayed.

Bull eating by Antranias from pixabay CCO free images public domain

Bull grazing (Image: Antranias/Pixabay/CCO)


How are Bulls Prepared for Fighting?
Fighting bulls have to be identified while they are still young. They are then fed properly on delicacies in order to grow big and strong. Just like some athletes who take drugs to strengthen their muscles, the bulls at times get this treatment when they go for a fight. The bull is trained to fight, dance to music and obey the coach. It prepares much the same way as human participants prepare for the Olympic Games.



The Fighting of the Bulls
Come the event day, and the arena is packed to the brim. Different troops enter the fighting ground accompanied by song and dance. Their bulls, adorned with colored clothes and vegetation, enter the field in style. In the field, they draw lots on how the bulls will fight. The chairman gives a speech and announces the event open. Under cheers, song and dance, the drawn bulls enter the arena and charge at each other. Frenzied spectators and owners of the bulls cheer them on. Bulls with saliva rolling from their mouths push at each other. They use their horns to interlock and try to outdo each other. Soon the war becomes intense. A cowardly bull tries to pull out of the ring but it is brought back. It is only when one falls down badly wounded and unable to keep the fight going that the game stops. The winner is congratulated as the owner collects the money that had been wagered on the bull. Another game begins, just like at the Olympic Games.


Olympia by Gellinger from pixabay CCO public image

Olympia (Image: Gellinger/Pixabay/CCO)

Can Bullfighting be Included in the Olympic Games?
Bullfighting has many merits. First, it is interesting to watch. It is easy to determine the winner. While I do not know the criteria used to consider games for the Olympic Games, yet I feel bull fighting should be included. The problem may arise regarding ferrying the bulls to the Olympics and the mess they will make on the field. Another problem is timing the fight. How can it be done? Yet don’t you think it is worthy?


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  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    It’s certainly a sport that would have its proponents. But I think that because this form of bullfighting doesn’t involve a human participant, it would not meet the criteria for the Olympics. Perhaps as a purely exhibition sport, though…

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      Yes, I think there would be a lot of protests against bullfighting because of the conditions to which the animals are subjected.

    2. Kyla Matton Osborne

      Oh, I wasn’t stating a personal opinion, Mesgack. Just saying some might take issue. But then, there are some that protest others eating beef…

    3. Kyla Matton Osborne

      You raise an interesting question! I tend to think it’s not a violation for people to enter into sports competitions IF they do so freely and are treated humanely. But there are times when such conditions may not be met. And in the case of very young athletes who train for many hours a day, it could be questioned whether this is not too severe a regiment. So the question definitely has its merits!

  2. Gil Camporazo

    It will defeat the purpose of physical development of athletes to be qualified to Olympics contests of games. If you trace the origin of Olympics historically it was the battle of gods among themselves. I don’t think there would be a battle among animals for it would be a form of cruelty so to speak. Actually, bullfighting is not the fight between two animals. It is the human who “fights” the bull but thrusting a sharp sword to the body of the bull.

  3. Rex Trulove

    This is just personal opinion, but I don’t feel that getting two animals to fight is a sport, in any way, shape or form. Cock fighting is popular in many places and I feel the same way about that. The same with dog fighting. I’m against cruelty to animals, even the person’s only involvement is forcing the animals to fight. Again, that is just personal opinion. I don’t think that was what was meant when the bible says that man was given dominance over all the animals.

    1. Sandy KS

      I am in agreement with @rextrulove
      I don’t believe fighting animals is a sport. I know such things are neat to watch. Personally not for me. I use to live down the street from a dog fighting ring. The sound of another dog ripping in to another while it cries out in pain, is not my idea of a good time. Thank goodness the place was shut down by police.

  4. Nona

    I think I have to agree with @rextrulove and not think of this as sporting at all. Just animal cruelty. Anything that harms an animal just to amuse a human being is cruel.

  5. Andria Perry

    It saddens my heart to see animals fight. Even in the wild. I know its part of their way of life but I just want everyone to get along and be happy, no fighting and no bossing around each other, smae with the animals.

    I think that animal fights are illegal in the USA.

    I tweeted this article.

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