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.
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.