In Toulouse, they are mobilizing to say no to bullfighting
“I hear them laugh as I groan, I see them dance as I succumb, I did not think that we could have so much fun around a grave”. On these famous words of Francis Cabrel, about fifty people gathered this Saturday morning at the General de Gaulle square, in Toulouse. Circled around banners placed on the ground and carrying “stop bullfighting” signs, the demonstrators wanted to support the bill of “rebellious” deputy Aymeric Caron.
This text which aims to ban bullfighting shows in France will be debated for the first time in the National Assembly this Thursday, November 24. Anne Stambach-Terrenoir, MP for the 2nd constituency of Haute-Garonne was among the elected officials present at this rally. She notably underlined “the aberration from a legal point of view” in which bullfighting has taken hold in France. “It’s just killing an animal, which is a sentient being, for entertainment. Today, we can no longer accept that, ”added the deputy head of the file for this bill.
In reality, these bullfighting shows benefit from a cultural exception in certain areas of the South. If the arenas of the Golden Sun (now replaced by the arena high school) once hosted these bullfights, the pink city has now passed its turn “and that’s good for our city” meant Hélène Cabanes, city councilor of the “Greens”.
This gathering was also marked by the young schoolgirl Kelia who addressed all the deputies: “the word of the children is often of little importance for the adults but I do not find it fair that we make animals suffer and I would like to grow up in a world without violence”. Witness to their motivation, the rain did not prevent these demonstrators from protesting their disagreement with regard to these exceptions, unlike the onlookers who were few to stop.