May 15, 2013 in Daily Bulletin
The bullfighting industry in Spain is struggling writes David Román:
- Animal rights concerns about the events in which the bulls almost always die are causing regions across Spain to ban the $3.3 billion industry
- Regional governments used to hold annual celebrations that would include bullfighting events; however with the recent European recession, governments have been unable to afford the events
- The regulations around bullfighting also mean that it remains expensive. Each matador is legally required to pay for at least six assistants
- Due to the blood and gore television channels have increasingly declined to showcase the events
- The government also raised taxes on tickets to novilladas – fights between matadors in training and young bulls.
- With the increase in prices and the decline in television coverage bullfighting may fail to reach the next generation of Spanish citizens and the bullfighting tradition may come to a gentle end
Read more about the economics of the bullfighting industry, those desperately working to keep the industry alive, the ethical problems with the practice, and more over here.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: Marginal Revolution