BULLFIGHTS TO DISAPPEAR?
may soon have to change their names. The matador, which in Spanish means“killer”, may soon be banned from dispatching bulls in “las corridas”. Spain’s Environment Minister,Cristina Narbona, said that the law should be changed to spare the bulls from their traditionallybloody end. Instead, Spain should follow Portugal’s example, and hold bullfights without killing theanimals.Ms. Narbona told the Spanish daily
: “We have to try, perhaps in the next legislature, tofinish with this bloody moment at the end of the bullfight. There is a growing movement in theEuropean Parliament against bullfights and each time it is harder to defend them.”Ms. Narbona said recent legislation introduced by Madrid which involved jail terms and thoughfines for animal cruelty and holding “unauthorised shows” such as cockfighting or illegalgreyhound races, should also include bullfights. Although the level of support the minister has inSpain’s ruling Socialist party for her proposal was unclear,
speculated that politicians,including the Industry Minister Joan Clos, would support a ban on killing in bullfights. Mr Clos wasthe major of Barcelona when the city officially declared itself opposed to bullfighting in 2004.Ms. Narbona’s comments met with immediate opposition from those keen to preserve Spain’scontroversial national “sport”, some from the most unlikely quarters. Gaspar Llamazares, leader ofthe United Left Party, said that he opposed a measure which would “incorporate the prejudices ofthe Anglo-Saxons.” Enrique Garza, president of the Association of Organisers of Bullfights, said: “Thisspurious attitude of the minister goes against the interests of a section of Spaniards.” And abullfighter, Miguel Abellán, said: “They want to end bullfighting little by little.”But animal rights activists and ecologists supported the suggestion, which came after Barcelona’scity council announced that the city’s only working bullring might have to close soon because oflack of business. Consuelo Polo, spokeswoman for Ecologists in Action, applauded the minister’ssuggestion. This is an open window to hope. What we have lacked is a brave and dignifiedgovernment who can finish with this macabre fiesta for once and for all,” she said.On the other hand, bullfight promoters at the Monumental Plaza de los Toros in Madrid said theywere losing €28,000 each time they held a bullfight, owing to falling attendance.(Adapted from
QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT.
USE YOUR OWNWORDS
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What changes in the law regarding bullfights would Ms. Narbona like to introduce? Why?2.
What does Miguel Abellán considers?3.
Are Animal rights activists pessimistic about the eventual ban on bullfights?b) ARE THESE STATEMENTS
TRUE OR FALSE?
YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS OR PHRASES FROMTHE TEXT OR WITH YOUR OWN WORDS. (0.5 points per answer)4.
The Industry Minister has promised Ms. Narbona unconditional support for her proposal.5.
Barcelona’s city council has always shown its opposition to bullfight shows.