LFI deputy Aymeric Caron wants to end bullfights

The deputy, who believes that bullfighting is “an immoral spectacle (…) that has no place in the 21st century”, intends to file a bill soon.

While the bullfighting season is in full swing in the south of France, a leftist deputy intends to quickly present a bill to the National Assembly to bring the final blow to this scene that he judged “immoral“.

That bullfighting is an immoral spectacle, a spectacle that no longer has a place in the 21st century, I think this is a point of view shared by most French people.“, told AFP Aymeric Caron, elected from the left in Paris, confirming that he hopes to file before the National Assembly to ban the practice.”This is a bill I hope to see debated in the Assembly in November“Added the elected member of the party La France insoumise (LFI, radical left), the first part of the left opposition in the French parliament. France is not immune to the anti-bullfighting current that affects all countries concerned – Spain, Portugal, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela – but since the first attempt in 2004, no initiative has succeeded in imposing a vote in the Assembly. , or even a parliamentary debate.

Before the prospect of a debate in November, Aymeric Caron, who claims that “anti-speciesist(who opposes the exploitation and consumption of animals by humans) acknowledged that he must first convince within his own party and find allies in the assembly. Its goal is to change the Penal Code that punishes the abuse of animals, but stipulates in its article 521-1 that its provisions “does not apply to bullfights where unbroken local tradition can be relied upon“. “It’s not a French tradition, it’s a Spanish tradition that was imported to France in the mid-19th century to please Napoleon III’s wife, who was Andalusian.», highlighted by Aymeric Caron.

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Preserving tradition»

this”uninterrupted traditionstrongly defended for several years in the southwest near Spain – Bayonne, Dax, Mont-de-Marsan or Vic-Fezensac – and around the Mediterranean – Nîmes, Arles or Béziers. At the end of July in Bayonne, in the southwest of France, thousands of aficionados in red and white gathered for the first local festivals in two years – forced by the pandemic – centered on bullfighting. “Those who want to ban it don’t know it. Bullfighting is a tragedy, we are about to die. It is almost an anachronism that it still exists because people no longer live with death. We fear it, but it is part of life“, answered Jean-Luc Ambert, a French enthusiast, who travels to France and Spain during the summer, from bullfight to bullfight.

What allies?

For André Viard, president of the National Observatory of Bullfighting Cultures, the ban on bullfighting is a theme “repeatedin each legislature. “Let’s say to other political groups: what is the point of associating with this political proposal that is against the freedom of culture, protected by the constitution, and the identity of the territories.“, he explained. Aymeric Caron hopes to be united in his project, in addition to other left representatives, elected representatives from the right-wing opposition, even from the majority of the president. He emphasized in particular the unknown in the position of the presidential party whose assembly leader Aurore Bergé asked in July 2021 that it will end “barbaric practicein a public forum signed by various centrist and right-wing MPs. “Will he be true to his conviction or will he make a political calculation that will prevent him from supporting measked Aymeric Caron.

The balance of power is precarious in the assembly where President Emmanuel Macron lost in June the absolute majority he had in his first five-year term. “People are especially sensitive to animal suffering, including bullfighting“said Claire Starozinski, president of the Anticorrida Alliance, which launched a media campaign on four television channels to raise public awareness against bullfighting.

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