Often enough I am not home to see the 6pm commercial tv news. Often I am not home to see the Australian Broadcasting Corporation tv news at 7pm. I was home tonight to watch the ABC news and I was looking forward to it. Instead, I tuned out. It was all so depressing.
I did come across some good news today though, which actually quite surprised me. I thought Spaniards would in general be supporters of the cruelty to bulls, such as the events of running of the bulls, and spearing of the bulls. Part of their culture, what?
Apparently this is not so and I am very pleased to relate this. The Guardian informs me that thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid to protest against these cruelties to bulls. There has been some progress in Spain, as you can see from the inserted clips below from The Guardian.
I believe in the filter down effect of stopping the abuse of animals. We can't lecture other countries too harshly until we are clear of conscience at home, and we are not there yet. I hear my neighbour, The Senator, is for banning the live trade export of cattle and sheep. He will bargain over that with other parties and may or may not be successful, but it is a good start.
Anyway, I was truly surprised and pleased to learn of this protest. Good on you Spaniards protesting against extreme animal cruelty.
The regional government of Castilla y Leon in June banned the killing of bulls at town festivals.
Bullfights are a national shame and if they represent me, then I am not Spanish
The Madrid protesters held up banners saying: “Bullfighting, the school of cruelty” and “Bullfighting, a national shame”.
“I think our laws should prohibit the torture of animals as a form of entertainment,”
said it was “time to end bullfighting and all other bloody spectacles”.
Meanwhile Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, has banned the tradition of “bous embolats”, setting bulls loose with lighted torches attached to their horns .
Bullfighting and the Bourbons should be in museums.
Aficionados are not giving up without a struggle. They see bullfighting as an art that is an integral part of Spanish culture, like flamenco.