AFTER the demonstration on Sunday March 13 in favour of bullfighting in Valencia, the mayor of the city Joan Ribo suggested the following day that there might be a workable compromise whereby Spain adopts the Portuguese ‘Corrida’ form where the bull is not killed in public.
Whilst some consider this to be a sensible suggestion, animal rights activists believe this to be just as cruel as traditional bullfighting as the animal will still be stuck with darts and in most cases is killed behind the scenes rather than in front of the crowd.
Even some Portuguese bullfighters do not consider the ‘Corrida’ a true form of the art and consider that it is crueller than the Spanish version.
One thing is sure, there is less support than ever for the ‘traditional sport’ with no TV coverage, a complete ban in Catalonia, and a reduction in financial support in places like Madrid and Valencia.
It is no longer just ex-pats complaining about something noble which they don’t understand, but there is now a significant percentage of Spanish nationals who are also opposed to its continuation in its present form, or indeed in any form at all.