Brigitte Bardot, remember her the screen legend? Now she's more well known for her animal rights campaigning. Over the top about animals - a lot of French call her but now she's on her high horse against the French government’s decision to list bullfighting as part of France’s “immaterial heritage” "completely idiotic".
BB the star, who heads the Fondation Brigitte Bardot animal rescue charity, called the Ministry of Culture, which made the decision, the “Ministry of Ignorance”.
United Nations members are required by Unesco to keep lists of important cultural practices, which could potentially in the future be selected as forming part of the World Intangible Heritage. “The French meal” was selected as representing such world heritage last year. Now that one I'd agree with it.
Among other animal rights organisations which have attacked the listing decision is 30 Millions d’Amis who said surveys showed most French people disapproved of Spanish-style bullfighting (in which the bull is killed), which is only allowed by special permission in certain southern towns. I've seen one of these bullfights outside Nimes and must say it was too gory for me and my son, about six at the time. The only bull fights I've stomached are the Portugese ones where the bulls are killed out of the arena and it's more a sport of the bull vs the matador, not the killing. BB cited a ban proposed last year, supported by 75 members of parliament and the mayor of Fréjus, one of the towns associated with bullfighting, which called a halt to it.
30 Millions d'amis a charity expressed its “deep indignation in the face of a decision that officialises and approves the barbarity of this spectacle.”
Many in France shave expressed surprise that their country should be the first to list such a practice, as opposed to Spain which is much better-known for it. Sorry for the short post but I'm in Pittsburgh - after a red eye flight from the La/LAtimes Book Festival - and up early for NYC Cara -Tuesday and headed for Boston on Wednesday Beth!