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What are bullfighting prizes for? Generally, to justify the existence of a bullfight, to promote a industrial model, for the glory of politicians who solely learn about bulls the gratuitousness and discomfort of the alleys, and in addition, after all, to acknowledge the reputable triumph of a bullfighter. or a bull.

But a prize will not be a transcendental ingredient in bullfighting; For this cause, the commotion created because of the elimination of the one granted by the Ministry of Culture responds, above all, to a logical anger on the apparent want to bother those that made the choice, however nothing extra. And it ought to be extraordinarily worrying that personal and public organizations have emerged keen to present extra prizes, as if that have been the large drawback of the 2024 bullfighting competition.

When the President of the Government appointed Ernest Urtas as Minister of Culture, he knew that he was a declared enemy of bullfighting and that, ultimately, he would undertake some resolution, inside his powers, that might give him notoriety as an anti-bullfighting fan amongst his individuals and the followers. .

And since Culture has little say in bullfighting – all the things regarding the sector is within the fingers of the Autonomous Communities besides the registration of execs and annual statistics – the minister determined to not embody any bullfighter within the Medals for Fine Arts and to abolish the National Bullfighting Award.

On May 29, the PP and PSOE competed in reward of bullfighting within the Senate, and final Wednesday the governing celebration voted in opposition to the restoration of the nationwide prize in Congress.

The minister is meant to have imagined that his measure would shake the sector, that it might react with numerous statements of rejection and that comparable awards would reappear right here and there to attempt to restore the tarnished honour. What he maybe didn’t suspect was that his assault would give rise to a sense of riot and lengthen the queues on the ticket workplaces of the arenas.

But all that is nothing greater than the non permanent scenario brought on by a minister, additionally ephemeral, who in the future will likely be forgotten, and one other will arrive, additionally forgettable, who will exchange the suppressed awards.

This extreme inflow of spectators to the squares of Seville and Madrid may even be non permanent, and after a while the balloon of euphoria brought on by the present political circumstances could deflate.

But the suppression of the National Bullfighting Award has precipitated a tsunami that has reached excessive institutional ranges such because the Senate and the Assembly of the Community of Madrid.

On May 29, in the course of the San Isidro Fair, the 2 main nationwide events, PP and PSOE, clashed within the Upper House in a heated debate promoted by the Popular Party to ask the Government to reinstate the eradicated award. And the representatives of each events defended bullfighting as in the event that they – their events – actually cared about it.

“We are facing a new attack on the national holiday due to a sectarian decision that imposes censorship without any other argument or foundation other than the purely ideological one. A serious attack that, in addition, comes from an institution that is the Ministry of Culture,” criticized the PP senator Juan Manuel Ávila, who also provided numerous data that support in his opinion the economic, labor and tourist potential of the shows. bullfighting

At the San Isidro 2024 Gala, Victorino Martín received the award for the best livestock farm in Las Ventas in the previous year from the Mayor of Madrid.
At the San Isidro 2024 Gala, Victorino Martín received the award for the best livestock farm in Las Ventas in the previous year from the Mayor of Madrid.Alfredo Arévalo (Image provided by Plaza 1)

“The PSOE clarifies, announces and determines that it not only respects bullfighting, but, as legally established in the legal system, we will continue to help and maintain it,” said the socialist Alfonso Moscoso.

“As a senator and as a bullfighting mayor,” he added, “I defend bullfighting not only as a spectacle, as an art, but as a rite laden with a strong symbolic meaning in which aesthetic values, harmony, balance, colour and technique come together, offering a unique moment of art and inspiration and which turns the festival into a cultural, artistic element of heritage value, which transcends the value of the bull itself.”

And both of them, Ávila and Moscoso, remained calm. But both know that theirs was pure theatre. The Popular Party and the Socialists have shown that bullfighting is of no interest to them except as an electoral attraction in those local, provincial or regional constituencies where bullfighting is well established.

The Popular Party approved the law on bullfighting as cultural heritage in 2013 and never lifted a finger to implement it; the PSOE has never voted in favour of a bullfighting proposal either in Congress or in the Senate. Even on 29 May, after that loving declaration by Mr Moscoso, the Socialist Group abstained again, as is its custom. In other words, empty words and a dead letter.

But if there was any doubt about the bullfighting ambiguity of the PSOE, last Wednesday, in the Congress of Deputies, it voted against a non-legislative proposal that pursued the same objective, the reinstatement of the eliminated prize. On May 29, it abstained, and on June 26, it voted against.

Among the many awards that are awarded, politicians of all stripes and the Toro de Lidia Foundation, no one seems willing to take the bull by the horns

And on the 19th, Victorino Martín, president of the Fundación Toro de Lidia (FTL), attended the Madrid Assembly to speak about the issue of the eliminated prize, and he spoke at length about the cultural nature of the festival and animal rights, which is the preferred topic of this organization.

“In Spain we see clearly that, though the animal trigger is used as a banner to attempt to ban bullfighting, it’s not actually the animals which might be of concern; it’s only the bulls exactly due to their cultural and symbolic character,” he said.

“In the entire world, Spain is the bulls, and the bulls represent Spain,” he continued; “For this cause, those that search to finish a Spain rooted in its historical past, inheritor to its values ​​and traditions, united by its range, have made ending bullfighting considered one of their important goals.”

It is striking that, among the many who grant bullfighting prizes and those who are willing to grant them to oppose the minister, the politicians of all stripes and the Toro de Lidia Foundation, no one seems willing to take the bull by the horns, analyze the real situation of the festival, prepare a white paper on it, establish a plan of urgent and essential measures and put pressure on public administrations to defend and promote the bullfighting festival.

If the priority concern is to grant awards, launch tirades and insist on animalism, the day will come when today's festive and triumphalist audience will look for fun in another more dynamic, modern and interesting show. Because it is evident that bullfighting needs a profound regulatory renewal (the recent San Isidro Fair has shown that the 1996 National Bullfighting Regulations are obsolete in many aspects) and an adaptation to new times without forgetting the recovery of the bull as an essential protagonist. , the search for purity and the demand for a complete and exciting fight.

Everything else, including awards, are temporary elements with little prospect of future.

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