Matador condemns 'lies' in bullfighting debate

21st August 2007, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, Aug 20, 2007 (AFP) - Former French matador Simon Casas condemned Monday what he described as lies told by "small groups" who oppose bullfighting in France, where debate over the "corridas" has heated up in recent days. Casas, who now manages bullrings in Malaga in southern Spain, said bullfights were not "butchery" and their fans were "neither sadists, nor imbeciles". "We respect those who oppose bullfights but there needs to be an intelligent debate and not a series of blows by anathemas," he

MADRID, Aug 20, 2007 (AFP) - Former French matador Simon Casas condemned Monday what he described as lies told by "small groups" who oppose bullfighting in France, where debate over the "corridas" has heated up in recent days.
  
Casas, who now manages bullrings in Malaga in southern Spain, said bullfights were not "butchery" and their fans were "neither sadists, nor imbeciles".
  
"We respect those who oppose bullfights but there needs to be an intelligent debate and not a series of blows by anathemas," he told AFP by telephone.
  
"There is nothing more stupid than defending animals by attacking man," added Casas, whose house in France has been the target of Molotov cocktails and firearms by animal rights activists.
  
He said there were "small groups" among bullfighting opponents who "lie and manipulate" public opinion.
  
He accused them of having no respect for the people of southern France where bullfighting, while banned across the rest of the country, is tolerated on the grounds that it is a traditional activity.
  
Last week several celebrities, including French protest singer Renaud and Franco-American ice-skater Surya Bonaly, called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to ban children under 15 from bullfighting arenas.
  
The appeal came after France's advertising watchdog declared a television commercial calling for a ban on bullfighting unacceptable because it showed violent scenes at bullfights.
 
Retired French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot meanwhile questioned the "mental health" of fans of bullfights in a recent letter sent to French Health and Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin
  
The French government has said it will look into the issue.

AFP

Subject: French news

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