France Removes Bullfighting from Cultural Heritage List
Breaking news: In an encouraging animal rights victory, a French court ruled that the removal of bullfighting from the French Ministry of Culture’s online list of “intangible heritage” effectively annuled it from the list. Though this move does not ban the practice of bullfighting from happening, it is a step in the right direction. However, animal rights groups like CRAC will have a tough road ahead of them eradicating bullfighting from France completely. France’s current Prime Minister, Spanish-born Manuel Valls, is a major supporter of bullfighting, and in 2012 he issued a statement in defense of the sport in which he said, “It’s a culture that we have to preserve. We need these roots, we should not tear them out.” There are variations of the sport that don’t involve the death of the animal, but most versions involve the bullfighter slaying the bull in front of a live audience.
Original article and image source: http://www.thelocal.fr/20150605/france-cuts-bullfighting-from-cultural-heritage-list