The local populations are built in the relationship with the bulls. The ban would cause economic and ecological loss.
Vincent Bouget, PCF municipal councilor of Nîmes and departmental councilor of Gard
The debate on bullfighting opens in the National Assembly. I regret that the deputies who campaign for its ban often do so without the will to understand or listen to the players in the world of bullfighting culture, local populations or artists who have built their personalities, their imagination and their creativity in relationship with bulls.
The subject is difficult: the bullfight ends with the public death of the bull. All bullfighting enthusiasts, the “aficionados” , understand that for thousands of people the idea of seeing an animal fight and then die is unbearable. It must be understood in reverse that no “aficionado” feels an unhealthy desire to see an animal suffer.
What he is looking for is the emotion and admiration engendered by a fight in which each actor, the bull as well as the man, in a unique and short-lived encounter, expresses his bravery.
The bullfight does not consist in torturing a defenseless bull, but on the contrary in making fight an animal naturally inclined to fight, which reacts to each injury not by fleeing but by redoubled its attacks. The bullfighter has the right to kill only by risking his own life against the horns.
We are miles away from industrial death in slaughterhouses. The bull has the possibility of expressing in full light his nature of fighter, born from his genetics and from ideal and respectful breeding conditions, for four or five years, which are an example of animal life. I say this without a spirit of provocation: the breeding of fighting bulls for the purpose of bullfighting is, in the relationship between men and animals, undoubtedly the most respectful.
No “aficionado” feels an unhealthy desire to see an animal suffer.
Let’s be clear: the ban on bullfighting will result in the closure of farms, deprived of the resources necessary for their maintenance as well as for the breeding and subsistence of bulls. Playback will be interrupted. For the animals that live there, there will be no other way out than the slaughterhouse.
As for the abolition of killing, it is impossible, the animal concerned cannot be tortured twice: it would therefore become too dangerous for humans.
Finally, defending bullfighting is also an ecological fight. Bull breeding is one of the last forms of extensive breeding existing in Europe, in incomparable ecological reserves of flora and fauna. To suppress bullfighting is to put an end to these spaces, promising them to intensive or industrial agriculture.
In a word, I understand that we don’t understand bullfighting, I also understand that we condemn it. I understand that we let it be known.
But is it by the prohibition of Parisian authoritarianism that this controversy should be settled? No, in my eyes, whatever one thinks of it, the Republic is not justified in prohibiting this cultural movement where it exists.
Like many countries with a Spanish tradition, the time has come to abolish bullfighting, that bloody spectacle of the terrible torture of bulls.
Muriel Arnal, President of One Voice
Thrown into an unknown and frightening place so far from their meadows, pierced and weakened by the blows of the picador and the banderilleros, before being finished off by the bullfighter armed with a sword and a dagger, in the arena, the bulls undergo terrible torture. This violence disguised behind trappings is all the more perverse. Everyone knows it. The derogation from the legislation on acts of cruelty inflicted on animals from which this tradition of Spanish origin benefits is proof of this, if one were needed. On the other side of the Pyrenees, it is also far from unanimous. Those who, for lack of credible arguments, hammer ad nauseam that of tradition, opportunely forget that, in France, our traditions are the Camargue and Landes races, not the bullfights.
In its investigations, One Voice revealed on this bloody spectacle more disturbing realities than the others. Particularly in bullfighting schools, where students are trained from the age of 6, sometimes under duress, to martyr young dazed calves, whose agony and stress are aggravated by clumsiness.
It is a trivialization of traumatic and dangerous violence.
It is very worrying to see children pressured by authority figures to kill animals, and thus be exposed to a traumatic and dangerous normalization of violence. Since 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has recommended that France ban them from bullfighting. Yet they are still driven to applaud the torture of bulls, and still trained to perform it with their own hands.
With the bill submitted to the vote of the deputies on November 24, a major gesture is within reach. Societal expectations are high. The awareness actions of One Voice and its partners mobilized the population in no less than 42 cities last weekend.
This proves how much our fellow citizens are invested in this subject. But the popular commitment to more empathy and compassion, the aspiration of a very large majority to rediscover a respectful link with nature and animals are swept away out of hand by a large part of political decision-makers. For lack of sagacity and even more for lack of courage, the latter remain frozen against the current of this fundamental movement. Puppets of a world happily dying out.
In several countries and regions of the world, despite having a Spanish language and tradition, such as Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina and Catalonia, bullfighting has already been abolished.
Today, France, dead last in the European Union in terms of protecting animals and the planet, has the opportunity to finally get in tune with its time and the desires of its population.
The time has come to abolish bullfighting, this barbaric tradition that the French no longer want.
The website of the One Voice association
The website of the Museum of Bullfighting Cultures in Nîmes