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As Baja resumes bullfighting, Mexicans debate: Is it an art form or a cruel, outdated ritual?

As Baja resumes bullfighting, Mexicans debate: Is it an art form or a cruel, outdated ritual?

Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, with sunshine filling the stadium and a gentle breeze wafting off the Pacific Ocean just a few hundred yards away, the chant begins.

“To-ro! To-ro! To-ro!” They are calling for the bull.

It has been months since the last bullfight, which many believe should have been the last bullfight ever. Just three days before, Baja California's congress — its state legislature — postponed a vote that would have banned bullfighting in the Mexican state and forced the cancellation of this spectacle.

The crowd is restless.

Ever greater numbers of Mexicans see this as a cruel and outdated ritual. Polls show that roughly 80% of...

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