It’s Official – Bullfighting Is No Longer Considered Part of France’s Cultural Heritage

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In a step forward for animal rights, a Paris court ruled last week that bullfighting is no longer part of the official list of France’s “intangible cultural heritage”.

Bullfighting was added to the list in 2011 by an “obscure committee” in the Ministry of Culture, provoking outrage among compassionate, forward-thinking people all over the country. French culture is awash with things to celebrate, but stabbing frightened animals to death for “entertainment” is not one of them.

French animal rights groups – PETA France among them – have been campaigning for bullfighting to be taken off the list ever since. The victory may be largely symbolic, but it speaks volumes about attitudes towards bullfighting today. For most French people, this archaic custom belongs firmly in the past, and they would never dream of setting foot in a bullring – with good reason.

From the moment the bull enters the ring, he is destined to die. His death will be slow and painful, and the last moments of his life will be full of terror and confusion as he hears the sounds of a jeering crowd. For the bull, bullfighting is no “competition”. It’s simply slaughter for human “entertainment”.

We were deeply disappointed last year when the Spanish government moved in the opposite direction, awarding special status to bullfighting in the face of opposition from tens of thousands of Europeans. However, the fact remains that the majority of Spaniards would never set foot in a bullring, and the cruel industry survives only because of massive European Union subsidies.

Please join us in asking the EU to stop spending millions of euros – taken from taxpayers – to prop up barbaric bullfights.



  • Bunny Platt commented on June 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    It’s not just the bulls: the picadors’ horses suffer too.
    Read recently matador lost a testicle – whoopee!!

    • Leila Tandy commented on June 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Barbaric practice has to stop.

      • carine henin commented on June 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm

        stop a votre barbarie

    • Madoline Madigan commented on June 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Yea! Wish he had lost both of them!

    • Carmen commented on July 7, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Allez vous faire voire, avec vos barbaries et occupez-vous de votre pays et non de ces barbaries !

    • Theresa commented on December 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thank God they stopped this horrible act.

  • Linda Roberts commented on June 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Stop this barbaric killing

  • Marta Calderon commented on June 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    this is the 21st century we need to stop this butchery!!!

  • Marta Calderon commented on June 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    it’s the 21st century we have to stop this butchery. %(%(%(

  • kathy commented on June 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I think bull fighting is disgusting and evil .The poor animals suffer so much and i think we personally should do the same to the fucking evil matodoors and see how they like it

  • maria bido commented on June 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Bull fitting is a very cruel practice it is Sadistic it is horrible the people fined Placer in the pain and suffering of these creature.

  • Anthia Hibbert commented on June 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    yes,I am informed that the picadors horses have their vocal cords cut,so as they will not be heard screaming if they are gored by the bull.WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

  • Courtney commented on June 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    So happy wondering when this abuse was ever going to stop

  • Alison Macpherson commented on June 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    it needs to be banned

  • lesley porton commented on June 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Its time this was stopped. You shouldn’t be killing bulls for entertainment
    Its not a good thing to do.Animals are supposed to enhance our lives and no where in any Bible or religions does it say to kill animals for entertainment.Killing like this is barbaric its not big and its not clever.Stop murdering bulls now

  • Hayley Martin commented on June 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Please stop this barbaric torture of these lovely animals. This is not sport. Its sick and inhumane. STOP

  • Sanae yo commented on June 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    please stop to use Bulls anymore ! Human fight is ok

  • Rita Kempson commented on June 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    This has to be stopped, it should be a thing of the past. It’s so sad to see such a beautiful animal being butchered. How can people get pleasure from this. It makes me feel so sad. The bull is so terrified , it’s heartbreaking. Please make it stop.

  • amanda commented on June 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Dios mio. Por favor. terminen.
    Ya noooo!!! Mas esa practica.
    Es una involucion humana. Es impiedad humana.

  • Lisa commented on June 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thankyou for ending this.. ITS HORROR., Does the Donkey and HOrses get in line for this wonderful news also. IM SO HAPPY FOR THIS. THANKYOU SO MUCH. please help them all..

  • Mandy Higgins commented on June 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I think this So called entertainment is disgusting and barbaric. Put these people in the ring and give them the same treatment. See how they like it.. Entertainment hey

  • Mordanicus commented on June 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    A good step forward.

  • Dan Hughes commented on June 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    It’s unbelievable that this barbaric so called sport is allowed to continue in any country ! …

  • Linda Hall commented on June 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This is disgraceful we are in a modern society. .This is back to being cave men

  • Amanda Lemmer commented on June 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    It’s absolutely disgusting

  • Philip franklin commented on June 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    It’s sickening to the core !

  • Margaret Boyle commented on June 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I see abuse’ STOP!!!

  • jm commented on June 13, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Ok, and somehow its ok to murder millions of unborn babies?

  • p'rey p'rey commented on June 13, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I hate this sport . How can u enjoy with this

  • nadine commented on June 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Why don’t they do bull riding instead like Americans . They not only treasure those bulls they are treated like gold . Such a magnificent animal should be adored not slaughtered in front of blinded fools

  • Seif commented on June 13, 2015 at 11:39 am

    OK, bullfighting is now pas history, so next horse hunting?

  • kailash Parikh Parikh commented on June 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

    please spare them, no brutality in any case

  • Pilar blas zulueta commented on June 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Nos teneis que ayudar desde europa, porque la UE subvenciona este espectaculo, se supone que da de comer a familias, pero no lo se, pero si esta subvencionado por la UE.

  • Sylvie Auger commented on June 16, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Mettez fin à cette barbarie maintenant !

  • Ana Gutierrez commented on June 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Excellent response from France, it will take a bit longer in Spain, though, Animal Equality is doing a great job educating and exposing real legal venues that threaten this barbaric tradition so I see major changes coming into place over the next 5 years or so. 70% or over of the population do not support bullfighting or bull themed torturing festivities so we will need a bit of help from the EU to terminate funding and convert the rings into something else more productive. Well done.. and dont rip your shirts off people, only from education and reason things can be changed. Love to all .. A

  • Darlene Norman commented on June 24, 2015 at 1:24 am

    That is just wrong to hurt and kill an innocent animal for entertainment !!!!!!!! What kind of people enjoy this ??! There is no hope for this world at this point . God bless the animals

  • KARL THOMPSON commented on June 24, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Please have basic mercy for animals that can’t speak for themselves

  • Verena Kukula commented on June 24, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Plz stop that cruelty

  • Mioara commented on June 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    No comment ………

  • Theresa Cole commented on June 24, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    This barbaric behavior must stop.

  • Ana Barros commented on June 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    At laaaast so cruel this shity sport and barberic bryony words

  • judith Buckner commented on June 26, 2015 at 5:06 am

    All violence against animals has to STOP. HUMANS WHO DO THIS ARE MONSTERS.

  • Darlene Norman commented on June 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    It’s animal abuse for a bunch of sick fucks , at least have as much compassion as the bull . This world is going to shit !!

  • m jones commented on July 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Thank God !!!

  • Annabel Padgett commented on July 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I was two years old when my parents took me to see a bullfight. They had never been before and soon left. But the memories of those few horrific minutes have stuck in my mind for 50 years, and are as clear as if yesterday.
    Bullfighting is not entertainment, it’s blatant one sided cruelty, and it’s long overdue for a worldwide total ban.

  • Veli elbirlik commented on July 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Vahşet bu.

  • Giuliana Gemetto commented on July 8, 2015 at 8:06 am


  • Gabriele fandry commented on July 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Schluss mit tierquäler und tiermörder

  • jinahpark commented on July 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    stop it

  • Israel Florence commented on December 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Honte à ce pays

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