20th September 2009

Die „becerrada“ von Algemesí ist grausam, wild und schrecklich

Das obige Video ist von 2007, bald ist es wieder soweit, Kälbermord als Volksbelustigung in Algemesí / Valencia. Kommende Woche finden zwei dieser grausamen Feste statt. Gerechtfertigt wird der schreckliche Kälbermord wie üblich mit der Tradition.

Publico.es hat einen kritischen Artikel mit dem Titel „Die becerrada von Algemesí ist grausam, wild und schrecklich“, veröffentlicht und zeigt auch die grausamen Bilder.

Möchtegern-Toreros vergnügen sich an ein bis zwei Jahre jungen verängstigten Stieren, oft sturzbetrunken stechen sie ihre Degen in den Nacken der Tiere, der finale Todesstoß, das Herumstochern im Kälberkopf inbegriffen. Dieses Familienfest für Groß und Klein amüsiert ganze Familien, Olé Geschrei von Kinderstimmen dringt durch die Nacht, Tiere zu quälen macht offensichtlich Spaß.

Laut Stierkampf Wörterbuch „können diese Tiere mit ihrer Verteidigung keine Gefahr verursachen“, Becerradas sind eine lächerliche Mutprobe für Feiglinge, nur leider merken diese selbsternannten Helden es noch nicht einmal.

„Ich habe viele blutige Feiern in diesem Land gesehen und das ist eine der schrecklichsten „, bemerkt ein Mitglied vom Col•lectiu Folgança,, „zu sehen, wie in einem Tier ein Degen in einer Seite hineingestochen wird und an der anderen wieder hinaus ist ziemlich hart.“

Siehe auch: “Becceradas” in Algemesi, Schluß mit grausamen Festen!


20th September 2009

Bullfighting as UNESCO-World cultural heritage NO THANKS

Bullfighting as UNESCO-World cultural heritage NO THANKS


Bullfighting to be declared immaterial world heritage?

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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20th September 2009

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

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

The Asociación Internacional de Tauromaquia, or AIT ( the International Bullfighting Organisation) has been trying its hardest for bullfighting to be declared world heritage since as far back as 2005. Its original petition having been denied, the now worldwide bullfighting lobby association has focused its efforts on a renewed attempt to place bullfighting under the protection of the UNESCO through intensive work on the “Proyecto Tauromaquia de la UNESCO”.

These people have power and money, and they are dangerous. As their opponents, it is our duty to join forces and get organised to thwart their plans for bullfighting”.

Chronology of the bullfighting lobby’s activities:

On the occasion of its 32d meeting, held in Paris on 29 September 2003, the UNESCO staged a conference on the subject of the protection of immaterial cultural heritage.

The AIT, the International Bullfighting Organisation, was founded in Madrid in 2004.
On 27 January 2005, the AIT was listed on the register of organisations of the Spanish Home Office, the purpose of this being to achieve the permanent recognition of bullfighting as a cultural asset.

On 19 November, the Spanish Government’s involvement in the “Proyecto Tauromaquia de la UNESCO”, was requested. Even the daughter of the King of Spain and heiress to the throne, Cristina of Borbón, honorary president of the Spanish UNESCO commission was encouraged to become involved in the project.

In early 2006, all the necessary ratifications initially required in order to allow assessment by the UNESCO were filed. All the countries which practise bullfighting are members of the convention.
“Taurino” sources did not reveal where those ratifications were submitted, but we can assume that the project is yet to be submitted to the National UNESCO commission.

On 25 October 2006, a petition was filed in order to prompt all autonomous Spanish regions to individually request the admission of bullfighting as world cultural heritage.
In 2007, on the occasion of the Feria del Toro, the “Proyecto Tauromaquia de la UNESCO”, gave Taurinos a golden opportunity to network with Portuguese bullfighting advocates.

The Parliamentary Organisation for Bullfighting, the Asociación Taurina Parlamentaria (or ATP), was founded on 16 February 2007. This Spanish organisation includes both former and current representatives of the national assembly, members of the parliament, regional deputies and private individuals amongst its members. The ATP could potentially win the support of new parliamentarians from other countries for the project.

June 2008 saw a meeting with Portuguese parliamentarians, the outcome of which was the set up by Portugal of a Portuguese Parliamentary Bullfighting Organisation. This was deemed necessary in order to achieve a stronger advocation of bullfighting.

An international meeting of all parliamentary bullfighting supporters was held in Madrid in November 2008. Participating organisations from France, Spain and Portugal came to the following decisions:
„Under consideration of the cultural and artistic worth of bullfighting, we will do everything in our power in order to achieve its acceptance as a cultural heritage asset.“

2008 saw the founding of the Mesa del Toro organisation, its purpose likewise the advocation of the protection of bullfighting as world cultural heritage.

On 4 and 5 July 2008, bullfighting found its way into the European Parliament. An exhibition entitled “Entre hombre y toro” (“Between man and bull”) was held. Of course it was met with a counter-event by bullfighting opponents. Taurinos claim that this bullfighting exhibition was very well received by European parliamentarians, “…meaning that it stands a very good chance to be named UNESCO world cultural heritage.”

All the parties involved are focusing their energies on promoting and raising awareness of the project and making the most of the opportunity to gather new members amongst EU parliamentarians. In the meantime, the UNESCO bullfighting project has grown into a well organised and dangerous giant, on a worldwide level.

On 6 June 2009, an international meeting took place in the bullring auditorium of Las Ventas, in Madrid. The “Unión Latina” gave a speech on the topic of “Bullfighting: a cultural heritage asset”, with the support of the Junta de Andalucía. The “Mesa del Toro” organisation, jointly with the French bullfighting organisation, also agreed to provide their support.

The Unión Latina was founded in Madrid in 1954, for the purpose of promoting and obtaining the overall heritage and various identities of the Latin language across the whole of the Latin world. The number of members of this highly influential organisation has since grown to 35 states across 4 continents.

Source: AIT

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20th September 2009

Spanien, das Land der Wilderer und Fallensteller


Wie schon so oft berichtet, werden nicht nur Wildtiere Opfer von Schlagfallen, sondern auch immer wieder Haustiere, so wie dieser kleine Hund. „Hier sind Fallen, Schlingen, Schlagfallen und Schüsse an der Tagesordnung“, so Antonio aus Martos. Einige Jungen hatten den hilflosen Hund gefunden und zur Guardia Civil gebracht, diese wiederum hat Antonio informiert.
Es wurde Anzeige erstattet.

Das Bein konnte leider nicht mehr gerettet werden.


Siehe auch:
Opfer von Schlagfallen
Schlingen, Fallen und ihre Opfer
Das traurige Ende einer streunenden Galga

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