Today was my first recording in Spanish. I haven’t spoken it in about a year, so I’m rusty but I got there. What it means is just another challenge when it comes to editing. But who doesn’t like a challenge?

This time it was the turn of the (mainly) anti-taurinos; those who are against bullfighting. I spoke to a number of people from the council here in Tudela about their thoughts and ideas about what bullfighting represents, where it’s come from, and where it’s going to.

Tudela is an interesting example, because the council decided to pull funding for bullfights a few years ago, but have since compromised to have 2 fights instead of 6. It’s interesting because it means that, going forward, there may be more villages that feel the same. Or perhaps not. We’ll have to wait and see.

What certainly is the case is that these decisions don’t only have an impact on identity, if you can use that argument. They have economic consequences, for breeders, for promoters, for bullfighting societies. If all goes well, this will form the next segment of interviews. I’m moving from the Pro and Anti crowds to a more personal reflection on bullfighting. How does it affect people’s everyday lives? Or more precisely, how is the supposed distaste towards bullfighting affecting their lives?

What is becoming obvious is that this is a debate that has raged for years, decades even. There may be no end in sight. But what does that mean for people and their opinions?

Un saludo cordial!

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