Outcry as minister calls for end to killing bulls
21 December 2006, MADRID — A government minister has proposed banning the killing of bulls in bullfights, it was reported on Thursday.
21 December 2006
MADRID — A government minister has proposed banning the killing of bulls in bullfights, it was reported on Thursday.
The environment minister Cristina Narbona said in the next legislature the killing of bulls should be stopped, reported the daily El Mundo.
This would mean Spain would follow the Portuguese model of bullfighting.
But bull breeders and businessmen connected with Spain's controversial national 'sport' demanded to know if the government backed Narbona's comments.
Eduardo Miura, president of the Union of Bull Breeders, said: "Is this the opinion of the minister or the government?"
Enrique Garza, president of the Association of Organisers of Bullfights, said: "What the government should do is support the interest of all Spaniards.
"This spurious attitude of the minister goes against interest of a section of Spaniards."
The leader of the United Left party, Gaspar Llamazares, said he was against the measure which would "incorporate the prejudices of the Anglosaxons".
Bullfighter Miguel Abellan said: "They want to end bullfighting little by little."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news