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France Removes Bullfighting from Cultural Heritage List

Animal-rights activists successfully prompt France to remove bullfighting from its UNESCO-protected Cultural Heritage list.


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As of this month, France no longer lists bullfighting on their Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Though the country is not typically associated with bullfighting, southern France has a centuries-old tradition of the blood sport and included it amongst its list of premier cultural inheritances in 2011. Thanks to activism by the French anti-bullfighting activist group Radically Anti-Bullfighting Committee (CRAC), Paris’ administrative appeals court recently ruled that bullfighting is no longer considered part of the UNESCO-protected list. CRAC Vice President Roger Lahaha called the decision “an immense victory” that “is one more step toward the abolition of a barbarism that belongs to another age.”

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