December 8, 2022

French bid to ban bullfighting dropped amid ‘obstruction’ in parliament


/ Europe Issued on: 24/11/2022 – 19:02

Activists stage an anti-bullfighting protest in Paris on November 19, 2022. AFP – JULIEN DE ROSA A bid to ban bullfighting in France was abandoned on Thursday after a bill that would have made the blood sport illegal was withdrawn by the campaigning left-wing lawmaker behind it.

Aymeric Caron from the left-wing party La France insoumise (France Unbowed) blamed “obstruction” from fellow lawmakers who filed more than 500 amendments to his draft legislation, which prevented a vote in the National Assembly.

The bill proposed modifying an existing law penalising animal cruelty to remove exemptions for bullfights that can be shown to be “uninterrupted local traditions”.

Nearly 75% of the French back a ban on bullfighting, known as corrida, according to an Ifop poll in the Journal du Dimanche daily.

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