Spain: bullfighting war resumes in Barcelona

PP government prepares offensive against ban on bullfighting

17 February, 13:59

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    (by Paola Del Vecchio) (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The bullfighting war returns to Barcelona. The Popular Party government has started an offensive to re-open the 'plazas de toros' in Catalonia and secure the legislation so that no region can ban fighting, as occurred three years ago in the Catalan autonomous community.

    Media reports have quoted Education, Culture and Sports Undersecretary Fernando Benzo as saying that the ministry ''is about to start a number of actions so that bullfighting returns to Catalonia'' and is working on legislation ensuring that what happened in this autonomous community will not happen again ''anywhere else in Spain''.

    With a popular initiative supported by over 180,000 signatures, in July 2010 Catalan Parliament approved a ban on bullfighting, which came into effect in January 2012. Catalonia has thus become the second region in Spain, after the Canaries, to ban bullfighting.

    The legislation announced by the central government member will be based on a measure to protect the country's intangible cultural heritage, stating that bullfighting is part of such heritage, approved in October by the cabinet and currently being examined by Parliament, where the PP has an absolute majority to count on for its approval.

    The announcement was made by Under Secretary Berzo during the presentation in Madrid of the first international congress on bullfighting as cultural heritage, scheduled from February 27 through March 1 in Albacete, in Castilla-La Mancha, a region chaired by the PP's deputy, national secretary Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

    Some 29 speakers are expected to attend the event, a bullfighting happening with leading matadors including Enrique Ponce, El Juli, Diego Ventura and El Fandi, an exhibit of bullfighting fashion and Goya incisions, as well as a gourmet event with funding from the city, region and government.

    Castilla-La Mancha, Don Chisciotte's region, has defended bullfighting as one of the pillars of its cultural policies, with the objective of declaring it a Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage. Last year, the regional government has set up a bullfighting table chaired by de Cospedal to ''propose and promote actions of development, divulgation and protection of bullfighting culture and tradition'' and ''measures to get closer to bullfighting society and its values''. (ANSAmed)

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