Bullfighting may be FORBIDDEN for children under 16, paving the way for the sport’s extinction in Spain

Under 16s could be banned from Spanish bullfights paving the way for the extinction of the blood sport

  • Young people under the age of 16 may be banned from bullfighting in Spain by the left-wing government
  • It could be the beginning of the end for the blood sport associated with the country
  • Children turning 18 can claim money for cultural events, but not for bullfighting
  • Warning: Graphic Content


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Spain is said to be on the brink of phasing out bullfighting under plans supported by the country’s left-wing politicians.

Each year tens of thousands of bulls die in the ring as bold matadors tease and coax the animals as they try to avoid being trampled or injured by their horns.

Children under the age of 16 can be barred from seeing the traditional blood sport according to the rules proposed in Spain.

Delegates from the 40th federal congress in Valencia next week will examine proposed changes to stop giving money to or promoting bullfighting as part of Hispanic culture.

The recommendations range from banning young people under 16 from watching the fights to completely ceasing the sport.

Spanish bullfighter Antonio Ferrera fights a bull during a bullfight at the Autumn Fair at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.  According to the rules proposed in Spain, children under 16 are not allowed to see the traditional blood sport

Spanish bullfighter Antonio Ferrera fights a bull during a bullfight at the Autumn Fair at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. According to the rules proposed in Spain, children under 16 are not allowed to see the traditional blood sport

Bullfighting has been under threat since the rise of left-wing parties in Spain.

The Spanish government is a coalition of the center-left Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos, a left-wing alliance between a number of parties.

Many younger Spaniards, especially those who live in cities rather than rural areas, see bullfighting as an outdated practice that perpetuates animal cruelty for entertainment purposes.

Bullfighting has long been associated with Hispanic culture, but the country could be phasing it out under plans supported by left-wing politicians, even as the spectacle draws thousands of fans

Bullfighting has long been associated with Hispanic culture, but the country could be phasing it out under plans supported by left-wing politicians, even as the spectacle draws thousands of fans

Bullfighting has long been associated with Hispanic culture, but the country could be phasing it out under plans supported by left-wing politicians, even as the spectacle draws thousands of fans

Banderillero in the fourth bullfighting festival of the San Miguel Fair.  Bullfighting companies were angry that the Spanish government excluded them from subsidy plans for other cultural activities in next year's budget

Banderillero in the fourth bullfighting festival of the San Miguel Fair.  Bullfighting companies were angry that the Spanish government excluded them from subsidy plans for other cultural activities in next year's budget

Banderillero in the fourth bullfighting festival of the San Miguel Fair. Bullfighting companies were angry that the Spanish government excluded them from subsidy plans for other cultural activities in next year’s budget

Notably, the government has left bullfighting out of its post-pandemic cultural subsidy plans in the 2022 national budget announced last week.

The Spanish government will give 400 euros each to half a million Spanish children who will turn 18 next year to spend on cultural activities.

An activist holds a banner that reads 'Stop bullfighting' as people protest bullfighting in Seville's Plaza de la Encarnacion in September.  The rally called for a ban on bullfighting and its public funding was halted

An activist holds a banner that reads 'Stop bullfighting' as people protest bullfighting in Seville's Plaza de la Encarnacion in September.  The rally called for a ban on bullfighting and its public funding was halted

An activist holds a banner that reads ‘Stop bullfighting’ as people protest bullfighting in Seville’s Plaza de la Encarnacion in September. The rally called for a ban on bullfighting and its public funding was halted

However, they cannot use the money to buy tickets to bullfights.

The aim is to help Spain’s culture-related businesses recover from the loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and is likely to cost the country around €190 million (£162 million).

The government said eligible teens could spend their $400 on items such as cinema and theater tickets, books and concerts.

Bullfighting companies also wanted to get involved, and conservative opposition parties attacked the government for disregarding them.

The Fundación Toro de Lidia, which represents the bullfighting sector, complained that Spanish law classifies bullfighting as part of the country’s cultural heritage.

Still, the Ministry of Culture said in a written note to state news agency Efe that “not everything that our legislation considers culture is covered by this cultural support.”

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