Bulls surviving the crisis: The number of bullfights is already 14% higher than before the pandemic

Bulls surviving the crisis: The number of bullfights is already 14% higher than before the pandemic

The 2010s were the most complicated for the bullfighting industry. On the positive side, Law 18/2013 recognized bullfighting as Spain’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Constitutional Court overturned laws trying to put an end to these celebrations in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. To this must be added the strong growth of popular bullfights as the number of incarcerations, bullfights, cow releases or pruning contests increased from 14,000 to 18,000 during this period.

However, there is no doubt that the bullfights have been subjected to a fierce campaign of harassment and destruction by numerous political entities. lobby The animal lover encouraged all kinds of obstacles against bullfights. Add to this the economic crisis that Spain went through until 2014, the demographic evacuation of rural areas where many celebrations were held, and the lack of renewal in the structures of the bullfighting industry, which led to bullfights. problems and intrigues that complicate understanding between its different classes. Thus, while the number of demonstrations held in the squares of our country decreased from 2,400 to 1,400 in 2019, more than 80% of the decline was concentrated in the Third and Fourth Category arenas, which are also the heart of art, although they have less artistic interest. sector in rural and inland areas.

That’s when the coronavirus pandemic broke out and bullfighting activity dropped completely, reaching 90% in 2020 below the levels reached in 2019. Sanitary restrictions made demonstrations impossible, as 80% of industry turnover comes from the box office. Faced with such a scenario the bullfight seemed to have bottomed out and the feasibility of the Fiesta more suspicious than ever.

Bullfights rebound when least expected

Just because everything is against it, it is noteworthy that the 2021-2022 biennium shows surprisingly positive numbers that seem to support a change in trend. According to data just released by the National Association of Bullfighting Organizers (ANOET), The number of planned celebrations between January and September increased by 14% Compared to 2019the year before the coronavirus pandemic.

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This general data adds to many other microdata. They were pointing in this direction. For example, at the Plaza de Las Ventas in Madrid, Autumn Fair experienced a 12% increase in the number of subscribersa good sign of the overall increase in demand for these shows.

Similarly, if we analyze the season of the most active bullfighters, a change for the better is also observed. More, The 2022 ranking will end with Morante de la Puebla on track to add 100 bullfights, doubling the 43 contracts over the course of the 2019 season led by El Juli in the same ranking..

So, despite the hard blow that inflation has inflicted on the pockets of all Spaniards and the harassment of anti-bullfighting groups and animal groups, bullfighting finally has satisfactory reasons. Good news for an industry contributes 4,500 million to the economy as a whole Spanish.

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