JANUARY 8, 2011
Spanish Broadcaster Bans Bullfighting
MADRID-Spain's leading broadcaster says it will no longer show
bullfighting in order to protect children from viewing violence.
State network RTVE lists its new ban on transmitting bullfighting programs
under a chapter called "Violence with animals" in its latest stylebook, and
says it "will not broadcast bullfighting."
One of the reasons given
by RTVE for the ban is that bullfights "generally coincide with hours
protected or specially protected for young viewers."
Spain has seen a
fierce debate over the blood-soaked pageant that has fascinated artists and
writers from Goya to Hemingway. In July, the influential northeastern region
of Catalonia became the second Spanish region to ban the centuries-old
tradition of bullfighting, joining the Canary Islands, which outlawed the
practice in 1991.