An attempt to ban bullfighting in France was abandoned on Thursday after a bill that would have made the blood sport illegal was withdrawn by the campaigning left-wing lawmaker behind it.
Aymeric Caron of the left-wing La France insoumise (France Unbowed) party blamed “obstruction” from other lawmakers who tabled more than 500 amendments to his bill, preventing a vote in the National Assembly.
The bill proposed amending an existing law punishing animal cruelty to remove exemptions for bullfights that could prove to be “uninterrupted local traditions”.
Almost 75% of French people support a ban on bullfighting, known as corrida, according to an Ifop poll in the Journal du Dimanche.
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However, the proposed bill drew fierce opposition from supporters of the blood sport, who describe it as an ancient tradition that must be preserved.
Had it gone to a vote, it likely would have been rejected by a majority of lawmakers wary of stirring up bullfighting hearts in the southern part of the country.
“We must move towards a settlement, an exchange,” President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, adding that he did not expect the bill to pass.
“From where I sit, this is not a current priority,” he added.
His government had urged members of the ruling centrist coalition not to support the bill sponsored by the left-wing opposition, although many members are known to personally favor it.
(Axadle with AFP)