Pressure Continues to Mount Against Bullfighting in SpainPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on January 12, 2011
In July 2010, the Spanish region of Catalonia voted to ban bullfighting, a cruel blood “sport” long entrenched in Spanish culture. The ban, the first-ever in mainland Spain, will go into effect in January 2012.
The latest indication of Spain’s waning tolerance for the cruelty of bullfighting is the recent announcement by a Spanish broadcaster who is refusing to air bullfights on television, citing children as the reason for the ban. According to a New York Times article, the state broadcaster, RTVE, said Saturday that it would not broadcast bullfights due to the risk of exposing children to violence against animals.
The fact that bullfighting has a long cultural history in Spain does not excuse the barbaric cruelty to bulls who are tortured and die incredibly painful, slow deaths in bullfighting rings. Our hats off to advocates in Spain working to end bullfighting, and to the broadcaster who took the initiative to stop this cruelty from hitting the airwaves.