7th November 2013

Pressemeldung: Ansehen Spaniens durch Erklärung des Stierkampfs zum Kulturerbe ernsthaft beschädigt

PRESS RELEASE: Spanish brand seriously damaged by the declaration of bullfighting Cultural Heritage

7. November 2013 um 10:56

International NGO’s believe Spain’s image has been seriously damaged by yesterday’s declaration of bullfighting as cultural heritage of the country.

An international delegation of animal protection NGO’s which recently visited the House and Senate on behalf of 103 NGOs from 29 countries have expressed their dismay at the decision of the members of the Spanish Senate to vote in favor of a legislation that seeks that bullfighting be promoted and protected by the Spanish State

LONDRES / MADRID / UTRECHT (7 de Noviembre de 2013) -According to the coalition , the fact that the new law recognizes the cruel spectacle as cultural heritage and allows the use of public funds to sustain this industry despite substantial opposition from the Spanish public, seriously damages Spain’s image.
The Senate’s decision follows a vote by the Congress of Deputies in October which also supported the legislation. Despite politicians in both houses submitting amendments and speaking out against the cruelty of bullfighting, the legislation was adopted by 144 votes in favor , 26 against and 54 abstentions and will now become law .

The #LoveSpainHateBullfights coalition comprising CAS International, Humane Society International, League Against Cruel Sports, PETA, the platform Torture is not Culture and World Society for the Protection of Animals, releases the following statement:

“We are appalled that the Spanish Government has voted to protect a spectacle that causes unacceptable animal cruelty. Spain is keen to promote itself as a modern country with a twenty-first century outlook. Yet supporting the brutal torment and stabbing to death of animals for entertainment deeply tarnishes that image in the eyes of compassionate people in Spain and around the world.“

“This move to protect bullfighting is a cynical attempt by a desperate bullfighting industry to secure the future of this dying so-called ‘sport’. Bullfighting is cruel and outdated and has no place in a modern society; culture stops where cruelty starts.”

Recently, the Association of British Travel Agents – ABTA, responsible for 90 % of the vacation packages from outside the UK reported having received thousands of complaints from outraged tourists each year. Public demand has led ABTA to launche its first charter in defense of animal welfare and include in it the consideration that bullfights and other bullfighting expressions are “ unacceptable practices “ . Most tour operators association members have already eliminated any promotion of bullfighting and bullfighting festivals among its customers and more are following suit .

Bullfighting is in decline in Spain and elsewhere. Dwindling attendance figures raise questions over the industry’s future financial viability and the public is not supportive of public subsidies being used to protect it. A 2013 Ipsos MORI poll of Spanish citizens showed more than three quarters of the Spanish population opposed their taxes being used to support bullfighting.

It is expected that the new legislation affecting existing regional bans in Catalonia and the Canary Islands. Spanish NGOs launch a legislative initiative in 2014 to reverse the legislation.

The new legislation is not expected to affect the regional bans in place in Catalonia and the Canary Islands. Spanish groups will launch a citizens‘ initiative in 2014 to reverse the new legislation.The six organisations will continue working to ban bullfighting.

A cruel spectacle, bullfighting not only inflicts a slow, agonising death on the animals involved, it also risks desensitising spectators, especially children, to violence. During a bullfight the bull is repeatedly stabbed with a variety of spears, spikes and daggers, causing tremendous pain and blood loss, before the matador finally drives a sword into the exhausted animal.

Marta Esteban, president of the platform Torture is Not Culture, the Spanish part of the coalition, states: “ Although the llaw has finally been watered down, far away from the demands of the bullfighting Popular Legislative Initative, declaring the torture of bulls as a Spanish heritage continues being an affront to the majority of citizens of this country who have expressed themselves radically against this show and it is also an affront against the autonomous communities which have democratically decided to ban bullfighting in their territory. But it is also a lack of respect for the true representatives of the Spanish culture suche as Velázquez , Cervantes , Gaudí , Calatrava , Ferran Adria or Montserrat Caballé, to be put at the same level as animal abuse. „


Media Contacts: La Tortura No Es Cultura: Marta Esteban Miñano, marta@latorturanoescultura.org

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