Andalucian Government Outlaws Controversial Bullfighting

The Andalucian Government had denied the authorization for the bullfighting comedy show ‘Toreo Comico’, planned for August 20 in the bullring of Cortes de la Frontera, Malaga.

The decision refers to the recently incorporated general law on the rights of persons with disabilities and their social inclusion, stating that ‘the shows or recreational activities in which people with disabilities or this circumstance are used to provoke mockery, ridicule or scorn of the public in a way contrary to the respect due to human dignity are prohibited.

’The Board also referred to a report from the provincial legal service of the Ministry of the Presidency, Interior, Social Dialogue and Administrative Simplification in Malaga. The information specified that the event ‘must be understood as prohibited’ by the aforementioned general law, ‘being a show that the legislator considers degrading to human dignity.’The Franz Weber Foundation, an animal protection promoter, welcomed the denial of permission. They had previously sent letters to institutions such as the Andalusian Ombudsman, the Prosecutor’s Office of Marbella, and the Ministry of Social Inclusion, ‘also denouncing the support that the City Council of Cortes de la Frontera gave to this degrading spectacle.’

The foundation noted that with this decision, ‘two regional governments already apply the new additional provision.’ Last June, the Junta de Extremadura issued a similar resolution for an equal act in Fuentes de Leon, Badajoz.

The Committee of Representative Entities of People with Disabilities of Andalusia (Cermi Andalucia) also requested the show’s suspension. The platform urged all administrations to prevent an event ‘that goes against the latest legal reform promoted at a national level, with the initiative approved late last April by the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, which prohibits the participation of people with achondroplasia in such events.’

This decision by the Junta de Andalucía reflects a growing trend towards protecting the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities and a broader shift towards inclusivity and respect.