A LEADING Hindu figure has lambasted the return of bullfights to Spanish TV last month and called for a full-on ban on the ‘cruel and unnecessary’ practice.
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, used a speech this week to reiterate his stance of non-violence.
“We have long been out of the caves,” he said. “Let us get rid of these outdated traditions.
“Instead of promoting the barbaric, inhumane, horrendous, cruel and unacceptable practice of bullfighting, Spain should follow the example of Cataluna and the Canary Islands and ban the age-old tradition of bullfighting altogether,” said Zed.
“Spain could easily find other ways to entertain its citizens and visitors,” added the Indo-American.
“The EU should impose a Europe-wide ban on all blood sports,” he continued.
“People whose jobs are affected should be rehabilitated in other jobs with related training.
While state channel TVE stopped broadcasting bullfights six years ago citing reasons of costs and child protection, this decision reversed earlier this month after the broadcaster struck a deal with the industry over costs.
Bullfighting was banned in the Canary Islands in 1991 and in Cataluna on January 1 this year.