Two years after the regional parliament in Barcelona voted to ban the corrida de toros, known in English as bullfighting – although not other forms of ‘playing with bulls’ – throughout Catalonia, it looks increasingly like this will piece of legislation will be overthrown by the federal government in Madrid when they, following France, make the corrida a matter of protected cultural interest.
It is interesting to review the arguments on both sides in this matter, and, despite asking me – who am avowedly anti-ban not least because I am politically a liberal – to write the foreword, the most balanced book produced on the subject remains the series of interviews with animal rights groups, bullfighters, politicians and journalists by Cat Tosko. Just take a look at the contents list below. I also enclose my foreword in full.
The book is available as a paperback or eBook for £5 at Amazon UK here, or Amazon US for $8 here.
The Bull and The Ban
Interviews from both sides of the debate on the controversy surrounding bullfighting, its recent ban in the autonomous community of Catalonia and its future in Spain, the rest of Europe and the Americas…
Foreword by Alexander Fiske-Harrison – author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight.
Introduction by the interviewer, Catherine Tosko – documentary filmmaker and former Animal Rights activist.
Alfred Bosch: Catalan MP & Coalition Leader, Catalan Parliament
Antoni Strubell i Trueta: Catalan MP & Author
Rampova: Catalan artist
Marilén Barceló: Catalan Psychologist, Bullfighting aficionada
Bob Rule: British aficionado, member: Club Taurino of London
Miguel Perea: Spanish bullfighter (picador)
Emilio Bolaños Arrabal: Spanish bullfighter (banderillero)
Fernando Cámara Castro: Spanish bullfighting teacher (ex-matador)
Francisco Rivera Ordóñez: Spanish bullfighter (matador)
Frank Evans: British bullfighter (matador)
Alexander Fiske-Harrison: British author & bullfighter (aficionado practicó)
Gaspar Jiménez Fortes: Spanish bullring manager
Equanimal: Spanish Animal Rights lobby group
Graham Bell: British Animal Rights activist
Jason Webster: British writer: author of Duende: In Search of Flamenco and the novel Or The Bull Kills You…
In this book you will find the entire range of views on bullfighting represented in a series of interviews – from those who are completely against it to those who are completely for it – backed by the strongest arguments they can give. And although in my own interview I give the views I have come to hold after two years in Spain researching my own book on the subject – namely against any form of ban, but with grave misgivings about the cruelty of the activity – I have actually inhabited each position given at different times along the way.