Fine for bull event

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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.

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