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Spain Bans Live Bullfights on State TV

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Posted on Jan 9, 2011
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Spain’s state television network has banned the airing of live bullfighting, angering fans still reeling from prior restrictions against the “sport” in Catalonia. The network said the ban is designed to protect children from seeing violence in prime viewing hours. —JCL

The Guardian:

Spain’s state broadcaster, TVE, has banned live bullfighting from its schedule, angering matadors and bullfighting fans who are already smarting over a ban in the eastern region of Catalonia.

The broadcaster has decided bullfighting contravenes its code of conduct for programmes before Spain’s 10pm watershed hour, when children are no longer expected to be in front of the television.

Most bullfights start at 6pm or 7pm, and the TVE director general, Alberto Oliart, said that meant they fall into children’s viewing hours – when violence to animals cannot be shown.

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By ketty, January 17, 2011 at 4:07 am Link to this comment

I am relieved by hearing this, I just hate this human brutality on animal.
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By diamond, January 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Hopefully, incrementally they will ban it altogether. It is one of the most monstrous things in the world and to call it a sport is a sick joke.

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By gerard, January 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

The fine art of killing bulls slowly is Spain’s “cultural patrimony.” Ugly.  But who are we to protest?

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By PatrickHenry, January 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

Damn, and I was so looking forward to the bullfighting channel on HBO.

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