Under the slogan “Torture is not art nor culture”, environmental organizations defending the rights of animals held a protest against bullfighting in Spain.
Between 2000 and 3000 protesters and some 16 environmental and animal advocacy organizations protested in Puerta del Sol, in Madrid, with images of dying animals and posters to protest against the declaration of bullfights as part of the Cultural Patrimony.
Protesters chanted: “Bullfighter, bastard, works as a peon” or “hope, you love massacre.”
One of the attendees at the march said: “It is evil and it has no cultural interest”. “We will demand the abolition of bullfighting,” said author Ruth Toledano. “Bullfights considered as cultural patrimony is an insult, a disgrace,” she added.
The organizations said that “bullfighting means the death and suffering of thousands of animals every year, and it can not be justified in any way.”
Similarly, the web site of the organizations released a text signed by actors, journalists, writers, poets and filmmakers, in response to requests from the region of Madrid to declare bullfights “cultural patrimony”.
In the Canary Islands, bullfighting is prohibited by autonomic law.