On Saturday, November 19, opponents of bullfighting were called to gather in Clermont-Ferrand at the call of organizations defending the cause of the animal. They denounced “open-air slaughterhouses”.
vsis a unitary rally organized across France on Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 at the initiative ofyou CRAC Europe, The vsremoved Radically Anti vsOrridafrom Animalist party, Europe ecology the Greens, L 214, Isa Voice but also other local and national associations. Also in Clermont-Ferrand, bullfighting opponents are called to gather on Saturday. Lawrence Miolane, CRAC department delegate in Puy-de-Dôme, explains: “The goal est to inform the population what if in this moment, there are important things happening in the Assembly NOnational and especially in subject to the ban on bullfighting, to debatee November 24 in the Assembly.” Muriel Arnal, founder of One Voice, is clearly in favor of banning bullfighting: “We want meshow that in all cities and in all regionsIthe French have this ambition. vsis an exception to the law protecting animals. Orn will end this exception. vse is not a ggreat commotion. Orwhich are texts that protect animals acts of cruelty, except bullfighting and vsombats of the rooster. vsis, after all, very logical and should have been done a long time ago. »
For Laurent Miolane, bullfighting is a cruelty: “We were told in the polls that 75% of the population was against bullfighting throughout France and yet, we see that this tradition continuesalthough it is harmful as much for welfare animal than the image of France. Nope a tradition it needs defend, well belt. It’s an open-air slaughterhouse. This is a tradition that should be buried. It’s animal cruelty, we have to torture and kill an animal to please the public., just for a pastime. This is a tradition that people no longer accept. This is accepted several years ago but today, the population, and especially young people, are completely uninterested in this hobby.” Muriel Arnal also saw the change of thoughts. For him, the abolition of bullfighting was the logical continuation of the evolution of society: “Lthe evolution of society is very clear, not only France, but the whole world. We see that the planet is in bad shape. The MrToday’s generations don’t want to see suffering anymore Iare animals. It’s always too late. But here, now, it has to be done.”
Laurent Miolane added: “Every year, there’s about 800 to 1 000 calves and bulls sacrificed to havefrench reins. nothing as bulls, there are also horses. Lafter the mounted bullfight, horses is injured ora you are pbladed weapon toriros, or could be dinembowelled with bull’s horns. we do notdon’t ever talk about it but this exist. He hopes the debates will lead to abolition : “This is the training which is likely to be removedwell, before The animal vivisection, before the closing of slaughterhouses, before cosmetic tests on animals where wild animals in circuses” This practice, however, has its adherents who defend a tradition, an argument dismissed by Muriel Arnal: “Orn is talking about the abolition of bullfighting, not the abolition of bullfighting. The Camargue race, all our French traditions are not affected by this reform. This bill only affects the Spanish tradition, so I don’t see the argument. For those who still talk about tradition, well, it’s a return to French tradition.
Muriel Arnal added: “What is the problem is the scripted cruelty, put in a show on animals that are very peaceful and helpless in an arena. Children should also be protected from these shows. Symbolically, it is important, it may not many animals, but it is symbolically important. Bullfighting affects everyone, we all had the opportunity to visit bullfighting towns. People no longer want to see bullfighting in France and in Clermont-Ferrand, people are French too. And this is their country.” If, in Clermont-Ferrand, there is no rooted tradition of bullfighting, Laurent Miolane assured him, the Auvergnats are also concerned: “Clermontois, along the A75, is easy to go to the cities of the South. We are 3 hours from Béziers and there are bullfights in Béziers. It is also to raise awareness in the population, so that these people do not go to see of bullfights in the South of France. They were told that the bull would not run in the arena and return peacefully to the field. The last bullfight in Auvergne took place about thirty years ago, it was in Vichy. It took place in 1991. Profit look, not that old yet.” For him, it is important to end this practice that serves, according to him, both the cause of the animal and the image of the country: “Torturing an animal to death in 20 minutes is the shame of France”.