The Council of Ministers of Portugal has approved a decree law in which it prohibits the entry in bullfights to those under 16 years of age. As reported by the Portuguese Government, this measure has been approved after being urged by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Minor, which already in 2019 asked that the minimum age to attend these types of shows be increased.
For its part, the Portuguese animal party PAN, which last year put this condition to vote in favor of the budgets presented by the Socialist Government of Costa, has already claimed victory after announcing the decree law.
So much so, that the PAN deputy, Inês de Sousa Real, has published on her Instagram profile a photo of a child hugging a bull with the message of “we get it, children and young people free from violence in bullfighting” . At the same time, the animalista has recalled that the PAN will continue to defend the abolition of bulls, while calling the decree a “very important victory.”
Debate in Spain
The debate on the attendance of minors to bullfights has also been opened in recent years in Spain, where, unlike Portugal, the animal is slaughtered in the ring.
However, in Spain the regulations are governed by the bullfighting regulations established by each autonomous community: In 1991, the Canary Islands was the first region to ban bullfighting, followed by Catalonia in January 2012, although four years later the Constitutional Court annulled the Catalan veto. Along the same lines, in the Balearic Islands bulls under 16 years of age are also prohibited from entering, while in the Basque Country they can only enter if they are accompanied by an adult. It would also be in Galicia in the summer of 2018 when the bullfighting regulations came into force in which the entry to the bullfights was forbidden to children under 12 years of age.
Meanwhile, in France there have also been parliamentary proposals in recent years that entry to the bullfights also be vetoed to those under 16 years of age.