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Animal rights activists protest bullfighting in Mexico

Hundreds of animal rights activists in Mexico have expressed anger at abuses of bulls in bullfighting.

The protesters, who had painted themselves red as fake blood imitating a slain bull from a matador’s sword, lay on the ground in Mexico City’s Republic Plaza on Sunday to raise awareness of the event.

Almost in every bullfighting event the matador kills the bull.

The origin of bullfighting, legal in only eight countries in the world, goes back to about 287 years ago, when the Spanish invented a duel on foot of a man whirling a red cape and yielding a sword to demise the raging bull in a ring of spectators.

Animal rights activists in Mexico, having the largest bullfighting stadium in the world, have called for the government to enforce a ban on the event, saying it has lost popularity.

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