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Spanish Philosopher Compares Bullfights to Female Circumcision
Jesus Mosterín called bullfighting a "primitive and abominable custom" comparable to female circumcision, gender violence and stoning.
The PP deputy Rafael Luna and David Perez del PSOE, today harshly criticized the intervention of the philosopher Jesus Mosterín when he appeared before the Environment Committee on the popular legislative initiative on banning bullfighting in Catalonia, because Mosterín called bullfighting a primitive and abominable custom.
During question time, Luna, visibly angry, accused Mosterín of having insulted thousands of Catalans who are fond of bullfighting, and said he can not give lessons in morality and ethics in the Parliament. Mosterín, who said he apologized if I offended anyone, but continued that it is insulting to identify Catalans and Spanish with "an atrocity as execrable as the bulls".
In an aggressive speech, the PP considered indefensible Mosterín’s words, that bullfighting be treatment at the same level as the removal of a clitoris, gender violence and stoning.
The philosopher said the ‘tradition’ is not an ethical justification for anything, and urged the Catalan parties to be pioneers in the prohibition of bullfighting in Spain, "as they have done in the world's most liberal countries like England".
Also in the morning, the scientist Jorge Wagensberg delivered in his
statement his reasons for eradicating bullfighting by showing the
instruments used in the sport and asked, "do these tools hurt? Clearly they
hurt" the director emphasized it is "not acceptable" to have as
entertainment a show based on the suffering of an animal and has emphasized
that neither in hunting, fishing, slaughterhouses or in the killing of the
pig are "tickets sold".