Why is bullfighting controversial?

Bullfighting has been one of the most controversial topics in Spain in recent years, and there are no signs of the debate cooling down anytime soon. 

With its being declared part of the country’s cultural heritage in 2013 by the national government while local anti-bullfighting measures continue to be implemented, there are strong opinions on both sides. 

So, what is it that makes bullfighting controversial in Spain? 

Here, we will discuss the major pro-bullfighting and anti-bullfighting arguments.