Disgusting!

Spain moves to give bullfighting special cultural status

Spanish MPs have voted to consider giving bullfighting special cultural status - a move that could overturn regional bans on the age-old tradition.

In a 180-40 vote, the parliament backed a petition signed by 590,000 people.

If the idea becomes law, it may roll back the ban in Spain's regions of Catalonia and the Canary Islands.

It may also provide tax breaks for promoters of bullfighting (corrida). Opponents describe the tradition of killing animals as barbaric.




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to back (=to support) -

to roll back -

a tax break -

to fine-tune -

to take place -

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to award -

a tail -

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 What do you think of this move?



Comments

Montse said…
Hi, Graham!
This is another achievement we’re going to lose in our back to the past. It’s incredible that a cruelty like this be more important for the government than to approve a law against the evictions.
Graham said…
Hi Montse!

The only reason that bullfighting was banned in Catalonia was to do with politics. It had nothing to do with concern for animal welfare. I'd love to think that there was a huge change in public opinion but I'm not blind.

Politicians from left and right support bullfighting. http://www.pacma.es/n/14370/en_unos_dias_conoceremos_al_ganador_del_premio_nacional_de_tauromaquia

I don't understand why Spanish people don't get upset about taxes going towards bullfighting.

Animal rights isn't an issue that concerns many people here.

I just despair.
Montse said…
Sorry, Graham but I don't agree. Politicians have disappointed to me but I keep thinking rihght and letf aren't the same thing. There are some issues have trouble being erradicated but a path has been opened and I am sure the letf have never done a thing like that.
Graham said…
Hi Montse!

Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think the PSOE, IU or UPyD have ever proposed banning bullfighting.

However, you are probably right that the PP are the only party that would try to overturn the ban in Catalonia.

But let's be clear; the only reason that there is a ban on bullfighting is down to nationalist politics.

The only party that will fight for the rights of animals is PACMA.



What is more, the fact that this government is even asking the UN to recognise bullfighting as part of cultural heritage is beyond ridiculous.





This is another achievement we’re going to lose in our return to the past. It’s incredible that a cruelty like this is more important for the government rather than approve a law against evictions.

Politicians have left me disappointed but I keep thinking right and left aren't the same thing. There are some issues which have trouble being erradicated but a path has been opened and I am sure the left have never done anything like that.

I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean that the left would never try to overturn the ban?



How are your classes going? Say hello to the gang for me.



Montse said…
Hi, Graham. Our teacher had to go back to England so, now we have another teacher (Rachael) until Easter when we’ll have the final one. I said hello to your ex-students for you and Lucía told me that she would write something in the blog but I think she must be really busy.
I think we’ll never agree in this issue. You see it as an activist and my point of view is political. If the PP achieve what they want it is going to be much more difficult to do disappear this shameful tradition.
Graham said…
Hi Montse!

I think we have our wires crossed. We more or less agree.

There will never be a ban on bullfight as long as the PP are in office.

On the other hand, IMO, there would never be a ban if the PSOE were in government.

I don't think Catalan politicans care about animals. They may have banned bullfighting but they allow the "correbous" to continue.


I think we’ll never agree on this issue. If the PP achieve what they want, it is going to be much more difficult to make this shameful tradition disappear.

Roberto said…
I don´t like bullfighting,but I´m against the ban(although,I understand people who think that way).I don´t agree with provide tax breaks for promotors neither. Sometimes we feel sorry for the bull,we complain about that,and then,we eat a big beef-steak with potatoes!. In Spain,for exemple,we eat a lot of pork...the pork is killed cutting his throat,and then,that people wait for a few minutes,until the poor animal bleed completely.I think that´s very cruel too!. On the other hand,Boxing,for example,is banned in public TV,because politicians say is violent,but bullfighting is much more violent,and you can watch it!. So,in my opinion,there´s a bit of hypocrisy,and too much political correctness,sometimes...
Graham said…
Roberto,

Now that I am a vegetarian, I can't be accused of being a hypocrite.

I have never understood the arguement that bullfighting is a tradition so we have to keep it. I always say in that case, Romans should revive the tradition of the Gladiators - throw people to the lions. Now that would be a spectacle worth watching.

I don't think that bullfighting is a fair fight. The moment that the matador is in trouble, six or so of his colleagues jump into the ring to save him. When the bull is being stabbed, no other bulls enter the ring to distract the matador.

Gandhi said that we can judge a society by the way it treats its animals. Where does that leave Spain?


I don´t agree with providing tax breaks for promotors neither. (Without these tax breaks, bullfighting could not survive)

In Spain,for example,we eat a lot of pork...the pig is killed by cutting its throat,and then people wait for a few minutes,until the poor animal bleeds completely.I think that´s very cruel too!
On the other hand, boxing, for example, is banned on public TV because politicians say it is violent,but ...

Enjoy the weekend.
Roberto said…
Sorry. I was talking in general...I used to be a vegetarian too.
Graham said…
Ohhhh Roberto - why did you give up being vegetarian?

I'm really proud that I've managed to do it. I doubt that I'd go back to eating meat.
Roberto said…
It was difficult for me,because I need a lot of proteines when I was training,so I started to eat a bit of everithing(meat and fish,because I used to eat eggs,cheese,soya,yogourt,dried fruits...).But,even today,I don´t eat too much meat.
Graham said…
Roberto,

That reminds me. I'd better get back to the gym. I stopped going in May when I had my appendix out.

I follow a guy on Facebook who is a fitness freak as well as being vegan. He offers all sorts of advice.

They say that meat eaters get too much protein; you can get enough protein from legumes, eggs, soya and nuts.



It was difficult for me because I needed a lot of proteins when I was training, so I started to eat a bit of everything (meat and fish,because I used to eat eggs,cheese,soya,yoghurt,dried fruits...).But even today I don´t eat too much meat.