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Portugal’s first ‘anti-bullfighting’ city forced to host bullfight

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 16-08-2012 15:47:00 · 15 Comments

Braga’s administrative court has authorised the installation of a temporary bull fighting ring in Areosa, Viana do Castelo, for an event this Sunday, 19 August, following a refusal from the local town hall.

Portugal’s first ‘anti-bullfighting’ city forced to host bullfight

Prótoiro, the Portuguese Federation of Bullfighting Associations, placed an injunction again Viana do Castelo Town Hall this month after their refusal to allow the event to go ahead on municipal land.
Speaking to Lusa News Agency, Prótoiro President, Diogo Costa Monteiro said that the court “decided that the right to exercise a cultural right was being infringed” and therefore “allowed for the bullfighting ring to be set up.”
The event had also already been authorised last week by the Cultural Events Authority.
For Prótoiro, this ruling “has put an end to the illegal decisions made by town halls in what concerns bull fighting.”
Viana do Castelo Town Hall, which abolished bullfighting within its municipality in 2009, rejected Prótoiros request for the event by citing a lack of conditions in terms of land space in the area chosen for the ring to be set up “as it is part of a national ecological and agricultural reserve.”
The land chosen by Prótoiros for the event in the Parish of Areosa, is classified as a National Agricultural Reserve (RAN), and a Narional Ecological Reserve (REN) and as such cannot host any type of temporary installations such as the bull fight, according to the municipal land plan (PDM).
Diogo Costa Monteiro considers it “extraordinary” that “the only argument given by the Mayor who defends an anti-bullfighting city” is “an environmental” one.
Following the abolition of bullfighting in defence of animal rights, and the purchase of the former bull ring in Viana do Castelo by the town hall in 2009, there have been no bull fights in the municipality for three years.
With Braga court’s decision, a temporary bull ring has been set up and 2,600 tickets for the spectacle went on sale this week at €20 each.
Organisers hope to have an audience of around 2,800 people, including invited guests.

Comments

We were planning to visit Madeira next year (2016), but I recently read that the disgusting spectacle of bullfighting has returned to this island. My husband was also shocked when I told him and we are now omitting Madeira from our itinerary.
by Caroline Burton from Other on 16-09-2015 01:18:00
Great to know that the country is going backwards instead of forward because of the tradition! Well I guess that's why Portugal is in the place it is, we keep holding on to the past and our "great" traditions! Respect nature and what's around you, instead of killing it!
by joana from Algarve on 24-12-2012 06:04:00
Daria, if you are in Portugal feel free to leave the country and don't come back.
by Erica from Porto on 26-08-2012 05:53:00
Disgusting, and forcing this on a single nice progressive town in your stupid country is twice as disgusting.
by Daria from Other on 25-08-2012 03:05:00
Once again, we (the Portuguese) should hang our head in shame. How can we consider bullfighting as an important part of our culture? If you go down that road we can say that stoning women to death is part of some cultures and therefore acceptable. Ridiculous. It makes us look so small and ignorant. The thing is, I don't know absolutely anyone in Portugal who isn't against bullfights so, this minority is making us all look like a bunch of medieval barbarians. There is a lot about Portuguese history and culture that we should be proud of. And there's also a lot about it that we should be ashamed of. Bullfighting, colonization and slavery are reasons to be ashamed of, not proud.
by Vanessa from UK on 24-08-2012 11:25:00
Erica ... we are all citizens of the world. Barbarism of any kind, in any country, should be subject to criticism, and bullfighting is barbaric.
by boavisteiro from Lisbon on 23-08-2012 09:49:00
So many foreigners in Portugal criticising our traditions. You would not like it if Portuguese expats in the UK criticised the chav/yob culture, the rise of Islam and prevalence of halal meat (nice example of animal welfare!), the Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza issues, etc.....
by Erica from Porto on 22-08-2012 07:25:00
Come on Portugal about time you came into the 21 centuary this is not going to help the tourist trade with this dark aged so called sport.
by John Haigh from Algarve on 21-08-2012 05:13:00
Disgusting, bloodthirsty, inhumane, cruel, this discribes the people who pay to watch bullfighting, probably the same who keep animals in poor conditions.
by gill fitzherbert from Beiras on 20-08-2012 03:55:00
ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY !!! People that promote bullfighting will be eating it in HELL!!!!
by mary from UK on 20-08-2012 12:17:00
Shame
by Lola Misirlic from Other on 20-08-2012 11:01:00
Prótoiro, and the administrative court, may find this article about a PROGRESSIVE Mexican town interesting and enlightening -

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2012/08/17/mexican-town-joins-call-for-un-animal-welfare-declaration/
by Pam from Other on 19-08-2012 01:00:00
SHAME ON Prótoiro and the administrative court, for taking your city back to the Dark Ages.
by Pam from Other on 19-08-2012 12:52:00
I being born in Portugal-Madeira, living in Australia, am currently horrified tha bull fighting is being allowed. We are not monsters like spanish.
I am ashamed of calling myself Portuguese when Portugal allows such bull fighting.... We are supposed to be the great world leaders in discovery & trade in spices and not abusing & torturing animals like the Spanish.
Why are you wanting to adorn Portugal with BLOOD shame on you... Your children of Portugal grieve blood tears for our animals
by Dalila Lacquiere from Other on 18-08-2012 09:59:00
Braga is an example of what happens when special interest groups take power. They feed into their own agendas regardless of the wishes of their constituents, its time to fire this lot as well.
by matt from Other on 17-08-2012 12:53:00

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