MEMBERS of Villena’s bullfight enthusiasts’ club Peña Cultural Taurina Villenense are campaigning to hold bullfights in the local bullring.
Bullfighting is going through a hard time, they said, blaming the “leftist united front formed by three-party alliances that want to take away our freedom with their claims of animal cruelty.”
The association pointed out that Alicante City council wants to close the Bullfighting School despite having produced toreros like Villena-born Jose Palazon as well as novillero apprentices like Raul Bravo and Genaro Alvarez Forte who are also from Villena.
The campaigners hope to persuade Villena politicians to reconsider instead of “taking away our rights and the right to see the grand masters of tauromachia at our bullring.”
Esther Esquembre of the Los Verdes (Greens) party is also councillor for Animal Policies and was taken by surprise by the association’s proposal. The local government is in the hand of a three-party coalition between Los Verdes, PSOE and VCD and Esquembre pointed out that Villena residents had voted for parties that opposed bullfighting.
“We do not want a return to the Spain of the Fifties,” she said. “Democracy means demonstrating that these events are not positive because there is no justification for what the bull suffers during the fight.”