Bullfighting declared legal in France

 
Spanish bullfighter tackles bull in Arles, southern France, 9 Sep 12 This month a corrida was staged in Arles, featuring Spanish bullfighters

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France's Constitutional Council, a top legal authority, has rejected a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting.

The campaigners wanted the fights categorised as cruelty to animals.

But the judges said the "traditional" fights, held in areas of southern France, "do not harm people's protected constitutional rights".

More than 1,000 bulls are killed annually in French bullfights, the AFP news agency reports.

Although bullfighting originated in neighbouring Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago. Fights - known as corridas in Spain - are especially popular in the Nimes and Arles areas.

A ban on bullfighting came into force in Spain's Catalonia region this year, after lawmakers voted for it last year - the first such ban in the country's mainland.

The BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris says a recent opinion poll in France suggested 48% support for a ban, although earlier polls suggested as many as two-thirds of the French electorate would back a ban.

France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls, born in Barcelona, spoke in favour of bullfighting earlier this month.

Bullfights are banned in some parts of France. Animal rights groups are now considering taking the issue to the European Court of Human Rights, our correspondent reports.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 278.

    131. Stokkevn
    Little else need be said about the state of mind of the people up in arms about this that a comment celebrating (quite literally) the death of a man is so highly rated.
    Yes bull fighting is cruel, so are a lot of things we do to animals.
    Feeling any joy at the idea of a person dying, is far far more disgusting than bull fighting will ever be.

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    Comment number 277.

    Not my kind of fun, but why are some groups so intent on stopping people from enjoying themselves

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    Comment number 276.

    I went to a bullfight in Ecuador. And there they did not harm the bulls at all, I suppose because they are too valuable. That said I have no great issue with any of these fights - people should probably be getting more uppety about the fact that dairy cows still have no legal protection in the EU and sometimes live a whole lifetime of unimaginable cruelty.
    And the EU court of Human Rights? Really?

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    Comment number 275.

    It's hard to know when bullfighting really started, or why, but to the Romans it was sacred and there is some evidence the Minoans had acrobats who performed with them, so it has not always been this way. It may be a symbolic re-enactment of the defeat of such people. Either way, it long since lost any historic meaning or purpose, which means all that is left is cruelty, which is not worth keeping

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    Comment number 274.

    What is said was, the only bit of bull fighting that has merit, is when the bull gets on top and serves justice to its human tormentors...

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    Comment number 273.

    Bull Fighting.
    The death of any sentient being is sad.
    When it is for entertainment and spectacle then it is appalling for the subject and degrading for the spectators.
    Now check out abbatoirs where horrible things happen far from public eyes.

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    Comment number 271.

    @268 cassandra68
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    And this is going to change ...what...exactly??

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    Comment number 270.

    All those who have a lot of excuses for the bullfight: "Why don't you all volunteer to be the bull, and to fight "gloriously?!" The bull never had a choice! But you do ! You like it? Go and be the bull and in this situation I would support the bullfight myself!

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    Comment number 269.

    Death in a slaughterhouse is horrible. In the ring at least he gets a chance to fight. Even if its a poor chance its better than being jammed in a cattle truck not knowing its fate but being aware of the smells. It will be treated well in its life, well fed & pampered. Its death finally is an honourable one.

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    Comment number 268.

    Actually I am not going to buy anything not only made in France, but also made in Portugal and Spain because even if Spain banned the bullfight now, they are guilty for introducing it In South America too, where there is no animal protection laws at all, and cruelty to animals is extreme. You people are as barbarians as you used to be, just the cloths had changed but not the mind and the habits.

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    Comment number 267.

    Last week something extraordinary occured in the world of bullfighting. Jose Tomas, a reknown bullfighter, was awarded 11 ears and a tail in Nimes, France. One bull's life was spared, which is an honor to his majestic and noble performance and occurs very rarely. He is saved to breed and conceive new generations of hard-fighting bulls.

    Wonder if this event had anything to do with the decision.

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    Comment number 266.

    I am da deestusteed!

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    Comment number 265.

    Please don't go to bullfights "just to see what it is". You know what it is, and if you go there you are supporting it.

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    Comment number 264.

    Gill, for your information (there is a lot more evidence, if you want to search).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfighting#French

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    Comment number 263.

    @gordon, I agree that slaughterhouses are terrible too, but as most of us eat meat, they are a necessary evil. In bullfighting, spectators derive pleasure from watching the torture and suffering of a bull, set upon 6-odd matadors. Its not about food, its about killing for enertainment. You cannot compare the two, or use one to justify the other.

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    Comment number 262.

    @malcolm, I attended a Nimes Feria bullfight last week, thinking bulls arent killed in France, and bulls most certainly were killed in the ring, by the matadors. (it was brutal and awful, I left before the bullfights ended). Why do you keep on insisting that bulls arent killed in bullfights in France? They are.

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    Comment number 261.

    I strongly sympathize with the intelligent and compassionate respondants herre who oppose bull-fighting. On the other hand, I suggest you not shed too many tears for bulls until you visit a slaughterhouse - one visit and you will never eat another steak or burger in your life. That's a promise. Fighting bulls live like kings till the day they go into a ring and die in a few minutes.

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    Comment number 259.

    Parlayer saw a bullfight in Mexico 60 years ago and thinks this is what the French court were ruling on. Join the club, Parlayer.

 

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