Nepal’s bullfights - where bulls live to fight another day

A bull roams near Kathmandu.

A bull roams near Kathmandu. Image by Christian Hüpfer / CC BY-SA 2.0

Thousands of people from across Nepal have gathered in the village of Taruka near Kathmandu to watch the country’s traditional bullfights, which have been held here since the 19th century. Unlike in Europe, Nepali bull-fighting is an animals only affair, and injuries are rare as fights are stopped as soon as either of the bulls start to tire. Bulls naturally fight as a way to assert status in the herd, but some animal rights groups are critical of encouraging animals to fight as a spectator sport. Read more:

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