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Bogota matadors on hunger strike in desperate bid to bring back bullfighting

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It's a hugely controversial sport which enrages animal rights protesters, but it's also deeply embedded in many countries' sporting traditions.

In news that delighted some and angered others, bullfighting was banned in Bogota in 2012, and now several matadors are pressing for its return with the rather desperate step of going on hunger strike.

Two years after the sport was officially banned, the matadors began a fortnight's protest outside the La Santamaria Plaza this week.

Colombia's Constitutional Court will rule on where or not to allow the sport to resume at the venue after Mayor Gustavo Petro outlawed the blood sport.

One of the eight hunger strikers had to be hospitalised after growing weak from the liquid diet, but the other seven strikers have vowed to continue with their protest.

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Petro said after his election in late 2011 that La Santamaria would not host bull fighting, but be reserved for hosting concerts.

"The man has marginalised us," said one of the hunger strikers.

"Here, everyone looks at us like we're the scum of the earth."

Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia continue to host bull fights, but Ecuador banned them in May 2011.

What do you think of the ruling and the reaction to it from the matadors? Is this a blood sport that should be banned everywhere or a part of tradition that should be respected in some parts of the world? Post your views below...

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