20th September 2009

Bullfighting as UNESCO-World cultural heritage NO THANKS

Bullfighting as UNESCO-World cultural heritage NO THANKS

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Bullfighting to be declared immaterial world heritage?
BULLFIGHTING LOBBY NEARING ITS GOAL

For several years now, the Bullfighting lobby has been making headway towards getting bullfighting established as immaterial world heritage, under the protection of the UNESCO. “Proyecto Tauromaquia de la UNESCO”, such is the denomination of the project through which they aim to surreptitiously obtain the stamp of approval of the UNESCO and thus forever continue to torture bulls to death, unhindered. Bullfighting organizations worldwide are feverishly partaking in this calamitous project and getting close to submitting their proposal for admission on the UNESCO’s list of Immaterial Cultural Assets worth protecting.

The voices of those speaking out against barbarity in bullfighting arenas are getting louder and more numerous. An increasing number of prominent public figures – including the Dalai Lama – are demanding the abolishment of the torture of bulls. 80 states worldwide have taken a stance against bullfighting and declared this gruesome display unwelcome within their borders. The Catalan capital of Barcelona is one of them. The regional Parliament in Catalonia is set to reach an official verdict regarding a bullfighting ban in the near future, following a petition submitted to the parliament, signed by 180,169 citizens through an official referendum.

This has understandably spread panic amongst bullfighting circles. The bull henchmen’s main concern is that sources of income derived from bullfighting, state subventions included, might run dry. Indeed, “tauromachy”, the denomination by which they trivialize their dreadful passion, is a big business. In Spain alone, the annual turnover derived from this industry of terror stands at an estimated 1.5 billion euro, with about 70,000 jobs relying on this bloody display.

Bullfighting lobbyists have come together with a world-class international Organisation, the Asociacion Internacional de Tauromaquia (AIT) : members countries include Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, all of them working together towards the implementation of the UNESCO project. Only recently, on the occasion of an international assembly held in Madrid on 6 June, the powerful Spanish bullfighting umbrella association Mesa del Toro likewise agreed to provide its unrestricted support. This lobby-association is so influential that it was granted the right to promote the cultural disgrace that is bullfighting to delegates of the European Parliament in July 2008. This barefaced propaganda was met with a protest by an international delegation of bullfighting opponents in front of the Parliament.

Slowly but steadily, and going largely unnoticed by many, the bullfighting lobby is getting closer to its goal. With their mighty influence and political contacts, they are creating a network through which they aim to make their goal into a reality. Claiming a premature victory, they are confidently moving towards increased public exposure. Venezuela Taurina is also very optimistic and takes for granted that bullfighting culture is certain to be acknowledged by the UNESCO in Paris.

The head of all evil is the lawyer Williams Cárdenas Rubio, the president of the “Asociación Internacional de Tauromaquia” and instigator of the UNESCO bullfighting project. His justifications for the project include the fact that the so-called art of bullfighting has been around for several centuries, forms an essential part of life on a cultural, social and political level and should therefore have its place in artistic and intellectual circles.

Equally dangerous is the Asociación Taurina Parlamentaria (ATP), a Spanish born organisation which has gathered various representatives who advocate bullfighting in parliaments and on all levels. Only recently, the senate’s spokesman for the right-wing “Partido Popular”, Pio Garcia Escudero spoke loud and clear of his wish to obtain the admission of the “fiesta taurina” as UNESCO World cultural heritage. Alongside the “Asociación Taurina Parlamentaria”, the “Junta de Andalucía”, i.e. the Provincial Government of Andalusia, is taking on a leading role and showing a strong commitment to the UNESCO-Project.

The Unión Latina encompasses 37 member States, all of which share Latin as a their linguistic root and are committed to paving the way towards a “shared heritage”. In April, the Unión Latina joined forces with the Junta de Andalucía during a colloquium on the subject of LA FIESTA DE LOS TOROS: UN PATRIMONIO INMATERIAL COMPARTIDO . This meeting brought together numerous bullfighting lobby heavyweights.

One of this group’s heavyweights is Francisco Javier López Morales, who was the Mexican government’s advisor for the UNESCO world heritage committee from 1995 to 1999 and is currently Vice-President of ICOMOS International, an organization which claims to play “an essential part in advising the UNESCO on the inclusion of projects on the World Cultural Heritage list”. He also happens to be the director of World Cultural Heritage for the National Institute of Anthropology and History in his own country and Mexico’s representative in the Inter-state committee for the protection of UNESCO’s immaterial cultural heritage.

Whether or not tauromachy does get declared Immaterial World Cultural Heritage remains open to speculation as no official request has been submitted to the UNESCO to date. It also remains unclear whether Spain – the cradle of bullfighting – is to place the request on its own, or if all the countries that practise bullfighting intend to make a joint request. The next round, during which the admission of new immaterial cultural assets is to be decided upon, has already been announced. The deadline for this stage of the decision making process is 31 August 2009. It will be interesting to see whether bullfighting makes the grade and what the UNESCO’s decision will turn out to be. Many of the country representatives due to attend are known to be in favour of bullfighting and find themselves under the constant pressure of an influential lobby.

Conclusion: the activities of the bullfighting lobby constitute a major cause for concern as they may lead to the animal torture that is bullfighting being placed under the protection of the UNESCO on a worldwide level. Bullfighting partisans have drawn up a focused and careful project plan and infiltrated the UNESCO with their pathetic arguments. Their optimism is alarming and shows that they are sure to achieve their goal.

As animal lovers and protectors, animal rights activists, or simply as people who feel a sense of duty towards our animal counterparts, we cannot allow the definitive declaration of the barbarity that is bullfighting as immaterial world heritage or the subsequent impossibility to save those animals from a gruesome and torturous end in bullrings.

Editorial team: Martina Szyszka, Anke and Karl Daerner – in application of the research used to support the article Die Tauromachie klopft an die Tür der UNESCO (Tauromachy comes knocking on the UNESCO’s door) by SOS Galgos.

The “Proyecto Tauromaquia de la UNESCO”, (UNESCO Bullfighting Project)

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  1. 1 29. September 2009, Hanspeter Frey schreibt:

    Wenn mich mein angeschlagenes Gedächtnis nicht ganz verlassen hat, so nahm ich zum Thema STIERKAMPF/UNESCO an dieser oder ähnlicher Stelle bereits einmal Stellung.
    Der Sachverhalt. Der Schweizer UNESCO-Delegation sandte ich einen energischen Brief und bat diese, im Namen von Anstand und Vernunft, alle Hebel in Bewegung zu setzen,
    um diesem auf dem Boden des Wahnsinns gewachsenen Gedanken eine totale Abfuhr zu erteilen. Kopie ging an unsere sehr geschätzte Frau Bundesrätin Micheline Calmy-Rey (obwohl SP…) als
    oberste Chefin dieses Gremiums, die mir freundlicherweise meinen Protestbrief bestätigte und zusicherte, mir wieder zu berichten (resp. die UNESCO-Delegation, sofern dieser das Langzeit-
    gedächtnis erhalten bleibt). Mehr habe ich zu diesem traurigen Thema nicht zu sagen. Höchstens dies: Der Vorgang beweist doch, wie stark diese Stierkampf-Lobby – trotz weltweiter Proteste -
    noch ist – und wie schwach, verzettelt und im Grunde hilflos der Gegenpart. Leider.
    Gruss
    Hsp. Frey CH 4410 Liestal

  2. 2 1. Oktober 2009, Isabel Meyerhans schreibt:

    Ja, die Stierkampflobby ist mächtig, obwohl es eine Minderheit ist. Auf der Welt regieren immer solche mafiösen Minderheiten. Dies zeigt, wie krank die Gesellschaft ist. Man muss alles tun, damit solche Barbareien auf keinen Fall zum Kulturerbe erklärt werden!

  3. 3 5. Oktober 2009, William Soberon schreibt:

    INICIO DE MARCHAS ANTI-TAURINAS HACIA ACHO 2009
    FRENTE ANTI-TAURINO DEL PERÚ
    (La muerte y la tortura no es arte ni tradición)
    12 ANIVERSARIO: 1997-2009

    Lima, 28 de Septiembre del 2009

    NOTA DE PRENSA

    CORRIDAS DE TOROS: CUANDO EL SADISMO SE CONVIERTE EN TRADICIÓN

    Sres periodistas y opinión publica:

    Como todos los años iniciamos nuestras manifestaciones pacificas anti-taurinas donde nuevamente empiezan a torturar y masacrar publicamente a los animales delante de los niños permitiendoles su ingreso y promoviendoles una cultura de violencia y falta de respeto por la vida.

    En asi que en esta oportunidad les invitamos para los dias Domingos 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 y 6 de Diciembre del presente: http://peru21.pe/noticia/326417/feria-taurina-senor-milagros-2009-tendra-cartel-lujo

    CONCENTRACIÓN: Plaza San Martin

    HORA: Desde las 11:00 am

    En estos tiempos donde el Tribunal Constitucional ya se pronunció emitiendo un FALLO HISTORICO CONTRA LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS (en Agosto del 2005) y la Resolución Nº 1163 del Instituto Nacional de Cultura del año 2005, declaró tambien a las corridas de toros como no culturales. Es impresindible que el Estado PROHIBA LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS, Peleas de Gallos y otros tipos de crueldad, pues según la Universidad de Lima en encuesta realizada en Octubre del 2007, existe un 83.1 % de las rechazan.

    Asi mismo el Jueves 1 de Octubre ven con nosotros a celebrar nuestro 12 Aniversario en Jr. Lampa 1030 Lima a partir de las 7:00 pm y el Viernes 2 en Jr. Quilca 238 Lima CC. El Averno. Tambien este 4 de Octubre se conmemora el Día Mundial de los Animales y el 5 el DIA MUNDIAL ANTI-TAURINO, consecuentemente manifestaremos denunciando LOS DIVERSOS TIPOS DE CRUELDAD HACIA LOS ANIMALES Y SUS DERIVADOS (Jala Patos, Yawar Fiesta, Peleas de Gallos, etc.). Igualmente el 15 de Octubre presente SE CUMPLEN 31 AÑOS de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de los Animales.

    DENUNCIAMOS A LOS QUE AUSPICIAN Y ORGANIZAN ESTOS DEGRADANTES Y RETROGRADOS ESPECTACULOS QUE DENIGRAN LA CONDICIÓN DEL SER HUMANO y LA VIDA DEL ANIMAL, dejando una mala imagen de nuestro pais en el extranjero como si nosotros los peruanos somos unos salvajes; existiendo a nivel nacional un 68 % de rechazo según la encuenta Datum del 2008.

    DENUNCIAMOS LA UTILIZACIÓN DEL NOMBRE DE CRISTO en la llamada “Feria Taurina del Señor de los Milagros”, la celebración de misas en la capilla de la Plaza de Acho, el silencio complice del clero, a los lobyes taurinos que actuan en el Congreso de la Republica haciendo archivar nuestros proyectos de ley y corrompen a la policia del Rimac y de la VII Región.

    INVITAMOS a las instituciones tutelares de la defensa de los derechos del niño, a la defensoria del pueblo, el colegio de veterinarios, el colegio medico, el colegio de abogados, los psicologos y psiquiatras, a los poetas y escritores, los periodistas que se pronuncien. A los congresistas que presenten proyectos de ley y exijan que llegue al debate al Pleno del Congreso y de una vez PROHIBIR ESTA MASACRE y TORTURA.

    INVITAMOS A QUE ESCRIBAN A LOS DEMAS CONGRESISTAS PARA QUE PRESENTEN PROYECTOS DE LEY CONTRA LA CRUELDAD A LOS ANIMALES.

    Ver la lista completa de congresistas y sus emails en:
    http://www.congreso.gob.pe/organizacion/distritos/electorales.asp

    INVITAMOS A LOS VERDADEROS ARTISTAS a que hagan su deslinde con los toreros asesinos y criminales que no son artistas. (LEAN LA CARTA DIRIGIDA A TOD@S LOS ARTISTAS DEL PERÚ:
    http://frenteantitaurino.blogspot.com/2008/03/carta-dirigida-tods-los-artistas-del.html )

    ÚNETE la GRAN CRUZADA NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL CONTRA LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS y sus derivados!!!

    Atentamente,

    William Soberón Guevara
    REPRESENTANTE Y COORDINADOR
    FRENTE ANTI-TAURINO DEL PERÚ
    Emails: frenteantitaurino@yahoo.es , frenteantitaurino@hotmail.com

    - COMUNICADO A LOS ACTIVISTAS:
    Las coordinaciones para participar en la SERIE DE MANIFESTACIONES CONTRA LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS son los dias Viernes a las 7pm en Jr. Quilca 238 Lima.

    - A NUESTROS AMIG@S:
    Necesitamos el apoyo de abogados defensores de los Animales para la batalla legal, fotografos, camarografos particulares y periodistas independientes que cubran nuestras manifestaciones pacificas y asi poder detectar a los infiltrados y delincuentes contratados por la MAFIA TAURINA.

    - ¿COMO PUEDE COLABORAR EN LAS CAMPAÑAS ANTI-TAURINAS 2009?
    Apoyenos con gigantografias, afiches, volantes, diseños anti-taurinos, stikers, pines, logistica o su colaboración voluntaria a la siguente direccion: Jr Manuel Gomes 408 Lince, a nombre del FRENTE ANTI-TAURINO DEL PERÚ. Confirmenos su envio escribiendonos a nuestro correo.

    SOLICITE SU CONFERENCIA GRATUITA con VIDEOS ANTI-TAURINOS Y PROYECCION DE DIAPOSITIVAS EN POWER POINT, como tambien SU DESEO DE PARTICIPAR E INTEGRARSE COMO ACTIVISTA y REPRESENTANTE DISTRITAL Y NACIONAL a nuestros emails indicados.

  4. 4 25. August 2010, Jochen Fincke schreibt:

    Eine größere Ironie als den Stierkanpf zum Weltkulturerbe zu ernennen kann ich mir wirklich nicht vorstellen! Dies scheint auch wirklich nur der “Krone der Schöpfung” vorbehalten zu sein! Ethik – quo vadis???

  5. 5 21. April 2011, Yvonne schlebaum schreibt:

    Stop this crazy cruelty

  6. 6 26. August 2011, Wolf schreibt:

    In einem so katholischen Land soll das Quälen und Töten von Wesen der Schöpfung KULTUR sein? Und dann soll die UNESCO dies als Weltkulturerbe schützen? Da fällt man doch vom Glauben ab!
    Ich appeliere an Gewissen und Tierliebe: die Stiere sind schützenswert!
    Was kann daran Kultur sein, wenn der Stier keine Chance hat zu überleben, ist er erst mal “auserwählt”. Es ist die reinste Qual!!!

  7. 7 15. Oktober 2011, Sue Lindgren schreibt:

    This barbaric atrocity should have been stopped ages ago. Find another way to make a dollar. Smart men create NEW opportunities for themselves AND others, they do not cling to old, outmoded & disgusting practices from days of Gore… Ooops! I meant days of yore….

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