‘France rejects celebrity animal campaigners’ pleas and declares bullfighting legal’

Posted on September 21, 2012

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Today (21st September), a news item was posted on dailymail.co.uk titled ‘France rejects celebrity animal campaigners’ pleas and declares bullfighting legal’.

‘…  * Events in Southern France are well attended and attract the best matadors
* Judges say a ‘long tradition of  bull-fighting’ shouldn’t be ignored
* Protestors argue laws shouldn’t be ignored in regions where it takes place

The right of anybody in France to bullfight has been upheld, infuriating animal rights campaigners across Europe, including Britain.

It follows calls from high-profile showbusiness campaigners including Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Paul Belmondo to see the bloodsport made illegal.

The Paris Constitutional Council, which adjudicates on contentious state issues, ruled that there was no need for the so-called ‘corrida’ to be banned …

There are other, uniquely French, versions of the sport which include people in the Languedoc trying to grab rosettes from a disorientated bull’s head.

Protestors like Miss Bardot, the 50s sex movie star who became an international sex symbol, stressed that strict animal protection laws should apply equally across France, and should not be ignored in regions where bull-fighting takes place.

Former culture minister Frederic Mitterand had actually placed the bloodsport on a ‘heritage list’ – leading to furious protests from animal rights groups …

Around 1,000 bulls are killed in French bullfights every year, with demonstrators from the UK among those who regularly complain about this.

Bullfighting originated in Spain, but moved to France around 200 years ago, mainly through Spaniards emigrating across the border …

A ban on bullfighting came into force in Spain’s Catalonia region this year …’

Read the item in full, view images and add your comment online at www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206617/France-rejects-celebrity-animal-campaigners-pleas-declares-bullfighting-legal.html

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