Bullfight. A little ole-ole debate

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Anti-bullfighting demonstration in Madrid in 2007

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.


Viva Espana

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.


For its part, the FLAC (Wrestling Federation for the Abolition of Bullfights) seeks to mobilize its networks Sea Sheperd, we were talking about here in an article on radical ecology.

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.


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  1. Margarida said:

    Remarkable article, after nothing more to add here, except he must take action against the cursed more bullfights, hoping they will be banned sooner rather than later, and no matter what argument will prevail to justify their ban .
    Be sure to sign the petition calling on the President of the Region of Languedoc Roussillon, to ban bullfighting in most regions of taurine.
    See here http://www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/abolition-de-la-bullfighting-4354.html
    The petition, published on May 16, has collected no less than 2,416 signatures and in 2 months!


    DVD available at the shop http://www.L214.com or http://www.anticorrida.com


    LEARNING TO KILL - Film Anticorrida Pablo KNUDSEN, shot during the summers of 2006 and 2007 in the south of France. This short enough to be witness to a horror show which children of all ages attend in arenas.

    Young teenagers are hands on and are bulls are introduced to the practice in French bullfighting bullfighting schools, mostly subsidized by public funds.

    Beyond the need to prevent access to minors as arenas in Catalonia, the film powerfully demonstrates the atrocity of the bullfight (and made fun torture death of a sentient being in public) and urgency to achieve its complete abolition.

    Also director of the documentary "Zoos, hell decor."

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