Polls indicate that 72% of Spaniards express no interest in bullfighting. More significantly, while half of the over-65s express interest, less than a quarter of 25-34 year-olds do so. Attendances are falling and some say it is only kept alive by a small but powerful group of interested parties - not least the breeders of the toros bravos who received vast amounts of state subsidy.
|NOT ALL SPANIARDS LOVE BULLFIGHTING|
There is a feeling among some ex-pats living in Spain that, although they deplore this barbaric practice, they should not speak out publicly against it because it is part of traditional Spanish culture and as foreigners they have no right to criticise it. I felt this way myself a couple of years ago. But I have now come to the conclusion that such respectful silence, however well-meaning, is misplaced and we have a moral responsibility to condemn cruelty wherever it occurs. Catalan philosopher Jesus Mosterin compared bullfighting to female circumcision in its level of abomination. I wouldn't go quite that far, but there is no doubt in my mind that the home-grown protest groups like Antitauromaquia and StopOurShame need all the support they can get, and evidence of international concern gives them a stronger bargaining tool.
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