Spain: The bullfighting industry is broke

Bullfighting celebrations are not the second show in this country by a number of spectators, as they claim from the bullfighting sector, but the tenth, behind football, cinema, monuments and sites, museums, current music concerts, and classical music, exhibitions, theater and art galleries.

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The bullfighting sector is the show that gets the lowest mark in relation to the interest it arouses among citizens.

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On May 22, the spokesperson for the Toro de Lidia Foundation, Chapu Apaolaza, assured during a debate on the program “La Mañana” on TV1, that bullfighting is the second mass spectacle below football. And so they have been proclaiming for years, the different representatives of the bullfighting world.

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Only 8% of Spaniards went to a bullring in 2019, according to the “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain.

The cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after soccer, was attended by 57.8 percent of those surveyed.

It is followed by monuments (49.3%), museums (40.5%), current music concerts (30.1%), art exhibitions (29.8%), theater (24.5%), archaeological sites (21.8%), and classical music concerts (9.4%), which outperform bull shows for the first time in public.

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Bullfighting, in tenth place, next to ballet

The “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain 2018 – 2019 is a sample investigation directed at a sample of 16 thousand people aged 15 years and over residing in Spain, and the 2018-2019 results indicate that 57.8 percent of respondents went to the cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after football.

The tenth place would be in attendance ballet/dance and bulls, with 8 percent.

Only the opera and the zarzuela would be behind, with 3.3 and 1.5%, the archives consultation (7.1%), or the circus (7.3%).

In addition, the study’s authors found that interest in bullfighting decreased from 2.5 to 2.3 compared to 2015.
It is the lowest grade of all cultural activities as it is the only one that generates strong social rejection.

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And I mean…Unfortunately, these statistics do not tell us how many Spaniards are against bullfighting.
If one does not attend bullfighting, it does not necessarily mean that he is also against it.

There are also many people who don’t go to the theater, but most of them (at least in Germany) agree that theater should be subsidized with public money.

When the bullfighting was recognized as a national cultural heritage on November 7, 2013, the bull mafia was delighted.
Because that would mean subsidizing taxpayers’ money.
But business has been going bad for years and now is worse in the Corona Krisis.

The bullfighting industry expects a loss of 200 million euros.
Now would be the right time to end the matter once and for all.

Nevertheless, even the left-wing government of PSOE and Podemos, (the latter declared itself to be the enemies of this spectacle), have so far not dared to put an end to the bloody spectacle. Behind it are a strong lobby and powerful industry.

My best regards to all, Venus

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