The advisory commission on bullfighting in the Valencian Community concludes without new security measures


The Ministry of Justice, Interior and Public Administration has convened this Monday in an extraordinary way the Consultative Commission of Traditional Bullfighting Celebrations (‘Bous al Carrer’) of the Valencian Community so that the regional government, representatives of the supporters clubs and experts analyze the high accident rate in this summer’s celebrations and propose recommendations.

So far this year, seven deaths have been registered in Pedreguer (Alicante), Picassent (Valencia), Meliana (Valencia), Soneja (Castellón), Vallada (Valencia), Almedíjar (Castellón) and Beniarbeig (Alicante). In addition, the weekend has left five injured of varying degrees.

The regional secretary for Security and Emergencies, José María Ángel, chaired the meeting of this body, which includes representatives of the most representative associations of the ‘bous al carrer’ sector and of livestock farmers, as well as the municipalities, the College of Physicians, Nursing Council or veterinary colleges.

After the meeting, Ángel has remarked that participation in these acts is totally voluntary and that zero risk does not exist in these acts: “We have detected that in some way there are those who have lost their fear or respect for the bull.”

The secretary has commented that the meeting has concluded that the current regulation is effective “and one of the most complete among the autonomies that organize bullfights”, but has commented that some aspects will be reviewed with the proposals that will be made in the coming days both the supporters clubs and the veterinary or architectural associations: “In some aspects, such as the need to wear suitable footwear, to prevent people from taking selfies or animal welfare, there is room for improvement.”

However, this Monday no specific new measure has been adopted, beyond asking for “prudence” when participating in these acts, that vigilance be extreme to avoid the participation of minors and to reinforce the formation of the clubs and organizers.

Regarding the presence of minors, Ángel has assured that it is an aspect that worries them and that the maximum sanctions will be applied when it is detected. In fact, he has stated that there are 15 open files, five per province. Due to the death of animals during the events, two more have been opened.

For his part, the president of the Federation of Peñas de Bous al Carrer, Germán Zaragozá, gave a positive assessment of the meeting “for the future of the festival” and commented that they have requested that the possibility be studied that the municipalities that have police can share it with the have-nots to improve security. He has also stated that training courses for volunteers will be improved.

The president of the College of Veterinarians, Inmaculada Ibor Martínez, explained that they have asked that the presence of a veterinarian for each bullfighting act be considered mandatory and not voluntary: “More and more municipalities are hiring them, but it must be an obligation because in this way it is guaranteed that the animal is in good condition at all times”.

Since 2014 they have died in Valencian lands 32 people because of being caught by bulls or heifers, a figure that goes up to 53 if we take 2005 as a reference, while between 2014 and 2021 – the statistics for this year will not be published until next year, once the year is closed – 5,415 injuries have been recorded in this type of celebrations (in 2014 and 2017 there were more than a thousand mishaps with victims, 1,278 and 1,012 respectively). And all this, taking into account that in 2020 there were hardly any bullfighting events and in 2021 there were much fewer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a few seasons, more than 8,000 festivities of this type have been held in the Valencian Community and more than 300 municipalities request authorization for it, according to data from the Ministry of Justice.


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