Fine for bull event
A ‘bull’ run which used calves in Benejúzar has been slapped with fines of €15,000 for both the town hall and the company that organised it.
The regional justice department said the event violated regulations.
A ‘BULL’ run which used calves in Benejúzar has been slapped with fines of €15,000 for both the town hall and the company that organised it.
The regional justice department said the event on May 19 violated regulations but Partido Popular (PP) mayor Antonio Bernabé claimed the penalty is ‘unfounded, unfair and disproportionate’. He announced an appeal will be launched because the council believes the fine to be ‘legally unsustainable and lacking any logic’.
He argued that the violation occurred at the start of the event in a bull ring set up especially for the fiestas, when he was making a ceremonial entry accompanied by a musical band, seven people dressed as bullfighters and the adult and child fiesta queens. The fine notification alleges that these people goaded and dodged the bulls before the spectators who wanted to participate had been allowed into the ring.
A regional government police officer present took the action on the basis that the animals cannot be used in this way unless all the members of the public who are going to be involved have access to the arena.
Sr Bernabé denied that the spectators were denied access and claimed there were around 2,000 people there at the time, ‘and nobody complained’.
He insisted the fine ‘has no basis because no regulation was broken’, explaining that in traditional bull events wild cattle are released, goaded and dodged but ‘there is never a bullfight’.
“So it is obvious that it is allowed to run, dodge and even goad the calf, with or without a costume, as happened in Benejúzar,” he said.
The mayor also claimed that during the investigation, the town hall’s proposal to take statements from some of the people in costumes was ignored and would have disproved the accusation.
He was adamant that no animal had been mistreated and said that a veterinary certificate was made available to the authorities which verified the excellent health of the calves after the run was held.