The city of Gijón in northern Spain has banned its old annual bullfighting festival. Not because of cruelty to animals, but because of the killing of two bulls this week who were called “Feminista” and “Nigeriano”. According to the mayor, the festival has “crossed several lines”.
“The festival is over,” said Ana Gonzalez, the socialist mayor of the large coastal city of Gijon. They crossed several lines. A city that believes in equality between men and women and in complementarity cannot allow these things.”
The life of the Begoña Festival was already hanging by a thread. At its most recent congress, the Socialist Party had already discussed plans to cancel the 133-year-old festival due to the growing opposition from the population. With bullfighting being used to “promote an ideology that violates human rights,” the city government was quick to make the decision.
but according to Bullfighting Federation, which unites 345 bull breeders, everything is based on a misunderstanding. According to the interest group, the names are in line with the rules of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture. The animals in question are descended from the “Feminista” and “Nigeriano” cows. Both cows were purchased by the breeder in 1986 and have produced more than four generations of bulls, apart from any social and political context.
The breeders are supported by the conservative People’s Party of Gijón, which is investigating the possibility of taking legal action to reverse the mayor’s decision.
Happy animal rights activists
Those who are satisfied are animal rights activists. Although the entire discussion made no mention of animal welfare and the unnecessary suffering inflicted on the bulls, activists react enthusiastically on social media. For example, journalist Anita Botwin said on Twitter: “The feminist bull ending of the Gijón bullfighting festival is poetic justice.”
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