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.
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.
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.