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Despite protests, a bullfighting revival

May 4, 1996
Web posted at: 7:25 a.m. EDT

MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- In recent years, the Spanish tradition of bullfighting has come under attack from animal rights activists who say that slowly stabbing a bull to death is a sadistic pastime.

They say the 25,000 bulls killed in the ring each year don't stand a chance against the matadors with whom they share the ring.

But for many Spaniards, the bullfight is a proud part of their heritage, one in which they see emotion and joy, danger and glory. They call it an art form that evokes the most basic issue: survival. The Spanish ritual, an expression, perhaps, of man's domination of the wild, is experiencing a revival.

Siobhan Darrow visited an academy where young bullfighters are trained, and returned with this look at a part of Spanish culture of which Spaniards remain proud.

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