New setback for bullfights in Spain
Wed, 06 Oct 2010
Madrid - Spain's bullfighting tradition suffered a new setback Wednesday as the
senate rejected a proposal to declare bullfights a part of the country's
Senate rejected the proposal presented by the main opposition conservative
People's Party (PP) with 129 votes against 117 and one abstention.
Bullfights had inspired countless Spanish artists, PP representative Pio Garcia-Escudero
argued, describing the matador as an artist who had improvise and risk his life.
The PP had the support of about 60 people representing the bullfighting
industry, including bullfighters and bull breeders, who came to follow the
debate at the senate.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party, however, said the
PP's proposal violated the authority of Spain's 17 semi-autonomous regions,
which were responsible for decisions concerning cultural heritage.
The Socialists did not oppose bullfights, only the way the PP had formulated its
proposal, Socialist representative Roberto Lertxundi said.
The Catalan regionalist party CiU, however, criticized bullfights, saying few
people took an interest in them and that they were unethical.
The PP said it was considering court action against the decision taken by the
north-eastern region of Catalonia to ban bullfights in July.
Catalonia was the first region in mainland Spain to adopt such a measure, which
sparked a nationwide debate about the future of bullfighting.
More than 10,000 bulls are killed annually in Spanish bullfights.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Subject: 70 PICTURES, CORRIDA
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