Removing bullfighting from cultural heritage list

Removing bullfighting from cultural heritage list

Bullfighting is permitted in France in areas where it has long been a tradition, such as the southwestern towns of Nimes and Béziers.

In 2011, France decided to add the tradition to its cultural heritage list, along with tarte tatin (apple pie) and Basque shepherd songs.

The culture ministry later removed bullfighting from the list, but animal welfare and anti-bullfighting organizations said this was not definitive enough and took the case to court.

An appeals court threw the case out in 2013, but Paris’ administrative appeals court overturned that decision, saying bullfighting could be considered well and truly “off the list”.

 

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