By John Smith • 02 August 2020 • 14:28
Protestors outside the bullring
Credit: Estepona Antitaurina
THE first bullfight sanctioned to take place following the release from lockdown took place in Estepona last night (August 1) with a lot more spectators than protestors.
A local group Estepona Antitaurina collected more than 7,000 signatures calling for the fight to be banned but surprisingly national animal bodies such as PACMA (an animal political party) and AnimalNaturalis made no comment on their websites.
There was a small demonstration outside the bullring but images don’t even suggest a police presence and it must have been a little disappointing for those so opposed to the treatment of the bulls that they didn’t receive greater support.
Reports from the pressure group suggest that there was little sign of promised social distancing within the bullring and that although there were some areas which were clear, there were others where spectators were literally ‘cheek by jowl’ although many wore masks.
Six bulls were ‘disposed’ off by the three popular matadors and the crowd itself was composed of adults of all ages.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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