Spain Moves To Give Bullfighting Special Cultural Status: Petitions to sign against Bullfighting

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“This is bad news my friends! Please sign petitions below & share widely, only our voices collectively joined, can help stop this heinous brutality; a bloody sport, disguised as tradition!”

Spanish MPs have voted to consider giving bullfighting special cultural status – a move that could overturn regional bans on the age-old tradition

The number of bullfights each year is falling in Spain

In a 180-40 vote, the parliament backed a petition signed by 590,000 people.

If the idea becomes law, it may roll back the ban in Spain’s regions of Catalonia and the Canary Islands.

It may also provide tax breaks for promoters of bullfighting (corrida). Opponents describe the tradition of killing animals as barbaric.

‘Barbaric’ tradition

  • Those taking part in the a bullfight are called toreros, while the person in charge of killing the bull is the matador de toros – killer of bulls
  • Fighters can be awarded the bull’s ears, tail or hooves as a trophy
  • Author Ernest Hemingway was an admirer of Spanish bullfighting and wrote about its rituals in 1932 in Death in the Afternoon
  • The tradition dates back at least 4,000 years and is thought to have been popularised by the Romans
  • It remains popular in southern France, Portugal and some South American countries

On Tuesday, the popular petition was easily backed in parliament, where the governing conservative Popular Party (PP) has a majority.

Under the proposal, bullfighting would be promoted by the authorities who would also push the UN to recognise it as part of Spain’s cultural heritage.

A parliamentary commission is now expected to fine-tune proposed legislation and the vote could take place later this year.

The parliamentary vote is an attempt by pro-bullfighting conservatives to keep this controversial tradition alive, the BBC’s Tom Burridge reports.

About 2,000 fights are still held every year in Spain, but the numbers are falling.

Bullfighting was banned last year in Catalonia, in the north-east, with supporters of the measure describing the blood-soaked pageants as barbaric.

The ban in Catalonia was also seen by many Spaniards as an attempt by Catalan nationalists to distinguish the region from the rest of Spain and its traditions.

Bullfighting was also banned in the Canary Islands in 1991.

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From the moment the bull enters the ring, he is destined to die. His death will be slow and painful, and the last moments of his life will be full of terror and confusion as he hears the sounds of a jeering crowd. For the bull, bullfighting is no “competition”. It is simply slaughter for human entertainment.

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“I think this picture show’s bullfighting at it’s best, when the bull actually gets a chance at the supposed fair fight!”

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Bullfighting: Hallowed Tradition or Animal Torture? France Rules – YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE

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LONDON — In a setback for animal rights campaigners, France’s top judges ruled on Friday that bullfighting does not contravene the Constitution.

José Tomás, a Spanish bullfighter, at France’s Nimes arena last Sunday.

The decision came in the same month as live coverage of bullfighting returned to television in Spain, the home of the corrida, after a six-year ban.

So is bullfighting making a comeback after decades of campaigns to abolish it, or are the latest developments a blip in the long-term decline of an activity that opponents say is animal torture?

Campaigners, including the veteran French actors Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon, had called on the Constitutional Council in France to rule that laws banning mistreatment of animals should be applied across the country, ending the exceptions granted to regions of southern France where bullfighting is an old tradition.

The judges ruled, however, that such “uninterrupted local traditions” did not contravene the Constitution. The same went for in the French West Indies.

Despite the ruling, the animal rights lobby is confident bullfighting is on the way out. The last corrida in the Spanish region of Catalonia was held last year after the regional Parliament voted to ban bullfighting.

As my colleague Raphael Minder wrote at the time: “The number of bullfights held in Spain has fallen by just over a third since the onset of the financial crisis — to 1,724 last year from 2,622 in 2007.”

However, economic considerations can work both ways. Before the French ruling, business leaders in southern France interviewed by the Agence France Press agency said bullfighting was a significant contributor to the economies of cities like Nîmes and Arles, helping employment and tourism.

The general public, meanwhile, appears evenly divided on the issue.

On the eve of the ruling, a poll carried out on behalf of Crac, a European anti-bullfighting lobby group, indicated that 57 percent of the French wanted a ban, and another survey put the figure at 48 percent.

The Crac poll also suggested a political split on the issue, with 58 percent of left-leaning respondents favoring a ban, compared with 41 percent of right-leaning respondents.

However, Harlem Désir, newly nominated to lead the Socialist Party, was among politicians who opposed a blanket ban. “There are traditions and every region should be allowed to decide for itself,” he said.

Manuel Valls, the French interior minister, who was born in Spain, fueled the indignation of abolitionists by affirming that bullfighting was “a culture worth preserving.”

Politics has certainly played a part in developments in Spain. The broadcasting ban on live fights was lifted after the center-right government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy came to power last December following a campaign in which he pledged to support bullfighting and even try to get it reinstated in Catalonia.

“I’m in favor of freedom,” he said. “No one is forced to go to a bullfight and it should not be banned either.”

French abolitionists are now expected to consider taking the issue to the European Court of Human Rights and to press for legislation in Parliament to outlaw bullfighting.

Franz-Olivier Giesbert, writing in France’s Le Point, accused the abolitionists of hypocrisy for focusing on bullfighting while ignoring animal cruelty in slaughterhouses.

Mr. Giesbert, who said he was not a bullfighting fan, wrote that those who brought the issue to the Council “totally represent the spirit of an age which accepts animal suffering as long as it’s not visible.” For diehard aficionados it is a question of freedom and tradition.

Víctor Manuel Mendes-Marinhais, a Portuguese bullfighter who made his name in Spain, said it was time to fight back against the abolitionists at a time when the corrida was facing unprecedented challenges.

Bullfighting was a cultural expression and “culture can’t be banned,” he said this month.

“We’ve passively allowed the anti-bullfight lobby to organize with the support of international animal rights organizations,” he said. “With our taxes, we aficionados are financing those who want to ban us.”

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Bullfighting is exposed in this graphic video expose’.

“Answers to the question below please!”

Are you with Víctor Mendes in believing that bullfighting is a centuries-old cultural tradition that should be preserved? Or do you think it’s a barbaric leftover from the Middle Ages that should be outlawed?

Bullfighting declared legal in France

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This month a corrida was staged in Arles, featuring Spanish bullfighters

France‘s Constitutional Council, a top legal authority, has rejected a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting.

The campaigners wanted the fights categorised as cruelty to animals.

But the judges said the “traditional” fights, held in areas of southern France, “do not harm people’s protected constitutional rights”.

More than 1,000 bulls are killed annually in French bullfights, the AFP news agency reports.

Although bullfighting originated in neighbouring Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago. Fights – known as corridas in Spain – are especially popular in the Nimes and Arles areas.

A ban on bullfighting came into force in Spain’s Catalonia region this year, after lawmakers voted for it last year – the first such ban in the country’s mainland.

The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says a recent opinion poll in France suggested 48% support for a ban, although earlier polls suggested as many as two-thirds of the French electorate would back a ban.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls, born in Barcelona, spoke in favour of bullfighting earlier this month.

Bullfights are banned in some parts of France. Animal rights groups are now considering taking the issue to the European Court of Human Rights, our correspondent reports.

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Running of the bulls

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The running of the bulls, the most famous, is that of the seven-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of  San Fermín in Pamplona.

I’ll say again, I have no sympathy whatsoever for those who wish to risk life & limb, it’s their choice”, I only feel for the poor bulls who get injured whilst forced to run on cobbled stone, into the the ring of death!

Thousands dashed through Spanish Pamplona for a bull run at the San Fermin fiesta, an event that ushers in Spain’s summer party season. Several runners were knocked to the ground and some were trampled on by the animals weighing more than 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) but there were no gorings or life-threatening injuries. The daily run is the highlight of the 9-day street drinking festival, and comes after a full day and night of hard partying. The bulls will be killed in the evening in the bull ring, and their meat served up in Pamplona’s restaurants.

“I think the above says it all, hard partying, drinking etc. Yes, many men feel invincible after a hard night on the pop”…it’s just a shame the animals have to suffer for it”

Then there’s the free for all bull fight, where everyone wants to be a hero!

“Idiots! I only feel sorry for the bulls that had to endure the abuse & the horses that were put in harms way. If this isn’t barbaric brutal abuse, I don’t know what is!”

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