The government in Spain is going out of its way to protect a barbaric “tradition” – bullfighting.
The Guardian out of the UK is reporting – “” Prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s socialist government announced that the ministry of culture will from now on be responsible for the “development and protection” of bullfighting, which previously fell within the remit of the interior ministry. “”
A statement from the ministry of culture called bullfighting “an artistic discipline and a cultural product.” I’m sure people who run dog-fighting rings would love to call their industry “an artistic discipline and a cultural product.” But that statement is worth less than the droppings the bulls might leave in the dirt around the stadiums.
The bottom line here is the fact that the Spanish government is not only supporting animal cruelty, it is fighting to make sure more bulls suffer through these acts of cruelty.
One matador was quoted as supporting the move as a means needed “for the protection and guardianship of bullfighting.” Translation – The poor little matadors need protection, but they care nothing about the suffering of the bulls.
Those fighting for a ban on bullfighting note attendance is down, but the industry continues to get funding from taxpayers. The situation compares to a few states in the US that still allow greyhound racing and support it on the backs of taxpayers.
It’s 2011, not 16011. It’s time that some government officials here and around the globe wake up and begin to study science and compassion.