Archive for bullfighting

Traveller’s Tales: For whom the bull bellows

An interesting take on the current state of the bullfighting industry, from the South African newspaper, The Times.

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Scandal in the Catalan Parliament

The League has been made aware of a scandalous attempt by the French pro-bullfighting lobby to influence the upcoming vote in the Catalan parliament on whether or not to outlaw bullfighting in the region.

In a sly and insidious letter to all members of the Catalan parliament at the beginning of the debating session in March, a group of French politicians attempted to influence their Catalan counterparts with warnings of repressive laws and the loss of traditions and national identity. Aside from the fact that they were meddling in affairs beyond their sphere of national influence, the letter contained a FALSIFIED list of alleged bullfighting supporters. This list included: mayors who are no longer mayors, mayors nobody has ever heard of, members of parliament who signed the document after their death or after they ceased to be members of parliament, and politicians who are against bullfighting.

Numerous attempts to expose this scandal (including a press release from Jean-Marc Roubaud, a member of the French parliament who is well-known for being anti-bullfighting but was included on the list) have been unsuccessful, as newspapers are refusing to respond.

With the vote on whether to outlaw bullfighting in Catalonia taking place in the next few months, the League is supporting its European counterparts in exposing this scandal and working towards a decisive ‘Yes’ vote. The vast majority of Catalans are opposed to bullfighting and it is absolutely imperative that the democratic process is not derailed by subversion and lies.

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Image of the Day – 121

We think it’s disgusting that UK taxpayer’s money is used to subsidise the breeding and farming of bulls, just for them to have this fate.

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Image of the Day – 115

It’s quite surprising that companies such as Corona are willing to sponsor this depravity.

This year we’ll be stepping up our Corporate Watch campaign to target those travel companies and agencies that promote bullfighting.

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Update from Conservative Spring Forum

We’re having an interesting time at the Conservative Party Spring Forum in Brighton. Running today and tomorrow, it’s the final big event for the Party before the general election. We don’t have a stand at the event but we are using it as an opportunity to talk to Conservative MPs and PPCs about our campaign issues.

What’s interesting about the discussions we’ve been having so far is that whilst hunting is an issue on which there is a clear divide between the League’s position and their belief, there is a great deal of agreement between MPs and PPCs in their support for our other campaigns. The response we’re hearing on snaring, for example, is that they are barbaric traps and should be phased out. On greyhounds, they are saying that we are right to be disappointed with the government’s new regulations. We are being congratulated for turning our attention to dog fighting.

But even within the hunting issue, there is some agreement. Fox hunting is the key dividing issue, but a repeal of the Hunting Act would bring back hare hunting and coursing, and stag hunting too. It’s very evident that that’s the elephant in the room. Very few Conservatives we’ve been speaking to – even those who back repeal of fox hunting – are keen on the idea of repealing hare coursing and stag hunting.

The challenge for us is in persuading Conservative PPCs that public opinion is not on their side on this issue, and we’ll be back in there tomorrow doing just that.

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Image of the Day – 95

Today’s image is from our trip to the Fuenjirola Novilada almost three years ago. The senseless cruelty of bullfighting is what solidifies the massive support we have in this country and across Western Europe for it to be brought to an end.

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Spain is complicit in child neglect by allowing child matadors

The League has described as “reckless beyond belief” an event due to take place later today in Spain in which a child matador will take on up to six bulls in one day.

Eleven stone Jairo Miguel Sanchez Alonso will tackle the six live animals in a spectacle in his home town of Cáceres in Extremadura, western Spain. Two years ago the boy was gored and seriously injured during a bullfight in Mexico.

At sixteen, Jairo is a child under the terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Spain is a signatory. Most western countries restrict employment of sixteen and seventeen year-olds to stop them working in dangerous situations.

Condemning the Spanish government for continuing to allow children to take part in such bloodsports, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sport, Douglas Batchelor, said:

“The bullfight is an abomination and an embarrassment both to Spain and to Europe as a whole, and we all know that. But to allow a boy to fight a bull eight times his weight, when he’s not old enough to marry or drive, is tantamount to neglect.”

“As a signatory to the UK Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires countries to protect children and their right to life, Spain has a responsibility to stop Jairo from entering the bullring later today. If they don’t take decisive action, then Prime Minister Zapatero and his ministers are complicit in child neglect,” he said.

Later this month, in the Catalonian region of Spain, the regional Parliament is due to consider a petition calling for a complete ban on the sport. The petition had been signed by over 180,000 people.

Find our more about our bullfighting campaign.

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