Petition against restriction on minors in bullfights

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 13-11-2020 01:00:00 · 7 Comments

More than 14600 people have already signed a petition launched by the Portuguese Bullfighting Federation (ProToiro) against the intention of Government parties, BE and PAN, to change the age to attend or participate in bullfighting.

In the text of the petition, which the Lusa News Agency had access to, ProToiro warns that the proposals of the parties “attack” bullfighting culture and cultural diversity, stressing that the change is “absurd, unfounded and attacking” the rights of minors.

However, the PAN party revealed earlier this month that the Government accepted its proposal to ban the presence and participation of minors in bullfighting shows and indicated that the legislation will be changed in the first quarter of 2021.
“Minors are citizen with full rights and this attempt to limit the access to a cultural spectacle clashes with the constitutional obligation of the State to promote accessibility to culture for all”, reads the text of the petition.

“As if that were not enough, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children provides, in Article 18º, that the responsibility for educating children lies primarily with the parents”, reads the document.

Invoking respect for the rights and freedoms of children, ProToiro calls for the maintenance of the age classification of bullfighting for those over 12 years of age and the maintenance of freedom of choice for children and their parents.


Sissies who torture animals, are mentally a step away from torturing people. They probably already hit and abuse their wives and children.

By William from Other on 14-11-2020 01:12

Culture is meaningless when applied to a savage, barbaric and archaic practice of cruelty to animals. That a practice has survived several generations reflects only the generational copycat habit. Why is it fun for humans to pit their pettiness against enslaved, genetically engineered animals who, given the choice, would never interact with a human or live within sight of one?

By Joanna from Alentejo on 14-11-2020 09:00

Barbaric. Ban all bull 'fighting'.

By Paul Thomas from Algarve on 13-11-2020 04:38

Please just stop the whole bullfighting thing. It is outdated and does not belong in our era. It should not be supported by Govt as a cultural activity (ie no taxes).

By Lauree Lennon from Other on 13-11-2020 11:53

I don’t support bullfighting generally but think it would be a shame to spoil a traditional family event in this way - more civilised than football! I’d support the petition - let families choose.

By Trevor Bending from UK on 13-11-2020 11:27

That Bullfighting have to be banned arround the world. Did even anybody know, they are keeping the Bull weak before let him out for the stupid Bullfighting tradition. Keep him in the dark for days. Until his eyesight adapt back to normal he is already badly wounded or dead. A healthy and fit Bull would have killed much more people as he would be way more devastating.

By Oliver from Algarve on 13-11-2020 10:15

How is this considered culture?? A culture of vanity and cowardice. The bull´s horns are removed, filled w/sand, and then re attached. The bull figher dresses like a sissy, taunts and wounds the poor animal... I´d love to see a pedonal sissy(no horses) doing this with an intact, well treated/fed/hydrated full-blooded bull...bc THAT would actually be a spectacle i wouldn´t mind watching. As it is, bull fighting is for SISSIES.

By guida from Lisbon on 13-11-2020 07:46
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