Seeing red over Colombian tradition

Participants in a corraleja, a traditional amateur bullfight in Turbaco, a town close to Catagena, Colombia. The bullfight, part of a traditional local festival, has ignited public debate in the past few years on traditions involving animal cruelty.
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Participants in a corraleja, a traditional amateur bullfight in Turbaco, a town close to Catagena, Colombia. The bullfight, part of a traditional local festival, has ignited public debate in the past few years on traditions involving animal cruelty. Last year, animal rights activists and even some government officials demanded legal action after a video of the bullfight featured scenes of people chasing the bull and killing it with machetes, rocks and knives. While bullfighting has been banned in Colombia's capital, Bogota, such events remain popular in other parts of the country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2016, with the headline 'Seeing red over Colombian tradition'. Print Edition | Subscribe