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. Through France, and also in Spain, Portugal and South America, held large fairs, collecting 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 of supporters of bullfighting.

A sword in the water ...

In their book, Members under the influence, Hélène Vincent and Constanty Nouzille, remember the last parliamentary battle dated to the Assembly. "In 2004, to general surprise, Muriel Marland-Militello is a crusade against bullfights. "I've always been appalled by the mutilation and torture of bulls. I vowed to end 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 not been included in the agenda. What for?

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 substantially equal power in both mobilization, the advantage is to the status quo, so the case in the absence of change.

So that nothing changes on the issue of the bullfight, we 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 no primarily 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 to the subject does not come to the agenda. Thus f ederation bullfighting societies France or the Union bullfighting cities of France, more than 60 member cities, provide an important activism against antis weight. For the pro-bullfighting suffer some disappointments for several years. The French public does not like this show, even if the organizers of these festivals announce two million visitors, and prefer bulls Intercities of the bull killed in two or three spurts of blood. Canal Plus that long helped popularize bullfighting has long ceased its broadcasts. And André Viard on its website Lands taurine s to say:

"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 am afraid that first shot the most bullfighting 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, resigning in protest against an order banning bullfights. 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 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 respects tradition, ancestral or not.


Viva Espana

Anti-bullfighting rally around the anti-bullfighting alliance that says collect 19,000 members and supporters including a beautiful bunch of stars: Bishop Jacques Gaillot, composer Eric Serra, singer Renaud, who has lent his voice to spot it below.


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

In Spain, things seem to be accelerating. 70 cities are now abolitionist , 20 since the beginning of the year, committing to no longer host bullfights on their soil. In France, 11,112 people, 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, Corrida Basta, Christian Laborde, which is an opportunity for debaters here Laborde and Casas , to show the full extent of their literary culture.

Gift-bonus. My cock and hen?

Focusing on bullfighting, you almost forget the cockfights. They are still allowed in France gallodromes in Northern France, the West Indies, Reunion, as well as a dozen other countries in the world. The reason for this authorization is that the cockfight is an unbroken tradition.


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  1. Margarida said:

    Remarkable article, after nothing more to add here, except that we must mobilize against the cursed more bullfights, hoping they will be banned sooner rather than later, and no matter what argument will prevail to justify their prohibition .
    Do not miss to sign a petition asking the President of the Region of Languedoc Roussillon, ban bullfighting in most regions of taurine.
    See here http://www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/abolition-de-la-corrida-4354.html
    The petition, published on May 16, has collected no less than 2416 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 witness a horror show which children of all ages attend in arenas.

    Young adolescents 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 (torture and made fun death of a sentient being in public) and emergency to achieve its total abolition.

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

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