Next Thursday the controversy over bullfighting in France is renewed, as it coincides with the study of a bill presented by a parliamentarian to criminalize bullfighting, which its supporters see as part of “French culture.”
The parliamentary deputy Emeric Caron, belonging to the “Father France” party led by the leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, is an animal rights activist, according to the French magazine (L’Obs), and began his political career founding the party “ Ecological Revolution for the Living”.
“Papa Lacorida”, Simon Casas, one of the most prominent organizers of bullfighting festivals in France, criticized deputy Caron, calling him promoting a “dogmatic” discourse that classifies bullfighters as sadists.
And “Caron” mentions the provisions of French criminal law in terms of punishing “those who harm animals with 5 years in prison with a fine of 75,000 euros”, wondering how it is allowed to kill more than a thousand bulls annually.
According to statistics published by the French magazine, “81 percent of French people support a ban on bullfighting,” while French Agriculture Minister Marc Visnot believes that “it is one of the French cultural traditions and should remain regardless of position. in that.”
It is the position of the Government that Casillas considered, taking into account “the red lines that cannot be crossed, including bullfighting”, considering that “voting in favor of the bill is political suicide”.
While supporters of the continuation of bullfights mobilize, opponents plan to organize demonstrations in 45 cities in the coming days, which will end with a parade in front of Parliament to defend the bill to abolish bullfighting.
Several cities in France are famous for bullfighting, including Dax, Beziers, Dax-Och, and Bayonne.