Summer is the season of melons, peaches and cherries, but also that of the Bullfight. Across France, and also in Spain, Portugal and South America, large fairs are held, gathering aficionados of bullfighting. Forging their identity for some, abominable animal torture for others, bullfighting unleashed passions. We find here the arguments of the anti-bullfighting , and here the arguments for bullfights.
A sword in the water ...
In their book, Members under the influence, Helen and Vincent Constanty Nouzille recall the last parliamentary battle dated to the Assembly. "In 2004, to everyone's surprise, Muriel Marland-Militello is a crusade against bullfights. "I've always been appalled by the mutilation and torture of bulls. I vowed to stop it. Pi as if I hit my political friends. " End of quote. The bill, so to ban bullfights and cockfights, was co-signed by 49 MPs from all sides by the hon. It was 2004, and the bill became 228 in 1652 has still not been placed on the agenda. Why?
Because the subject is sensitive. Sensitive to animal advocates and sensitive for the supporters of bullfighting as a means of cultural expression. In a case like this where the forces are roughly equal in power so that mobilization, the advantage is to the status quo, in this case, so the lack of change.
So that nothing changes on the question of bullfighting, one can rely on the members of southern France. In the list presented Muriel Marland-Militello members who support it, most come from the north of the Loire and none of the first concerned by a possible ban departments. "The lobby bullfighting cities", Nimes and Arles in mind, among the hundreds of cities that hosts bullfights , has mobilized its networks so that the subject does not come to the agenda. Thus f ederation bullfighting societies France or the Union bullfighting cities of France, over 60 member cities to provide significant activism antis against weight. For the pro-bullfighting suffer some disappointments for many years. The French public does not like this show, even if the organizers of these festivals announce two million visitors, and prefer the bulls to the bull Intercities killed in two or three spurts of blood. Canal Plus that long helped popularize bullfighting has long ceased its broadcasts. And Andre Viard, on its website Lands taurine s, saying:
"Whereby, always reacting and never initiative, the bullfighting world, to the Appeal Samadet , left slowly nibbling his ground, convinced that if the urgency demanded he would rise en masse and cope. Unfortunately times have changed, is not Millies-Lacroix wants, and I'm afraid that first shot the most bull elected, with few exceptions, prefer to adopt a politically correct position rather than putting involved, as their glorious elder dacquois their scarf, their headquarters and their prestige by resigning in protest against an order banning bullfights. To think otherwise is to commit a grave error of judgment and endanger the fragile balance that is based on the hypothetical strike force that would be the big battalions of aficion. "
The author of these lines is a former matador. Also president of the Observatory of Bullfighting Cultures established in 2008.
To win the game, anti-bullfighting looking to hit portfolio by attempting to influence MEPs. The European Union, under the common agricultural policy (CAP), in effect pays subsidies to farmers bullfighting. For Europe the issue is animal suffering, rather than whether or not this practice follows a tradition, ancestral or not.
The anti-bullfighting rally around the anti-bullfighting alliance that says gather 19,000 members and supporters including a stellar roster of stars: Bishop Jacques Gaillot, composer Eric Serra, singer Renaud, who has lent his voice to spot it --Bra.
In Spain, things seem to be accelerating. 70 cities are now abolitionists , including 20 since the beginning of the year, committing to no longer host bullfights on their soil. In France, 11,112 people from 14 July 2009, signed the petition to support the bill Muriel Marland-Militello and prohibit access to arenas for children under 15 years.
Last episode to date, the controversy around the book, Bullfighting Basta, Christian Laborde, who is an opportunity for the debaters here Laborde and Casas , to show the full extent of their literary culture.
Gift-bonus. My hen and rooster?
By focusing on the bullfight, you almost forget the cockfights. They are still allowed in France gallodromes in northern France, the West Indies, Reunion, and in a dozen other countries in the world. The reason for this authorization is that cockfighting is an unbroken tradition.