The Paris Court of Appeals handed a victory to animal rights organizations in June by removing bullfighting from France's esteemed cultural heritage list.
"The abrogation of bullfighting from the list of France's cultural patrimony, obtained after four years of fierce judicial battle is a victory without precedence in the history of abolition in our country," said Jean-Pierre Garrigues, president of CRAC Europe, the leading French anti-bullfighting organization. "It's a major blow to animal torturers and this gives us the energy to pursue our goal: the definite and total abolition of bullfighting, this barbarian practice that is condemned by three-fourths of the French."
Bullfighting is illegal in 90 percent of French territory and is only allowed under a special judicial exemption in a few dozen towns in southern France. The bullfighting industry, officially scratched from the list, is now left with no cultural excuse to continue its acts of cruelty against bulls and horses.
"This news set off a huge wave of enthusiasm on social media," said Roger Lahana, vice president of CRAC Europe. "Aficionados won't be able to use that cultural status to commit grave acts of cruelty on animals anymore. We are ecstatic about this victory, which is a major step towards our objective: the abolition of bullfighting."