Since, a few days ago, the name of Ernest Urtasun began to leak as more than likely the Minister of Culture in the new government of Sánchez, the concern has captured the world of bullfighting, a sector that belongs to this portfolio, because the Catalan not only showed opposition to this cultural expression but led initiatives to directly attack a place that, now as head of the ministry, he was supposed to take care of.
And now that his teaching has been confirmed, there are many reactions from bullfighting that express their concern because, more than a protector of culture, they see Urtasun as a real threat to the sector. Professionals and fans through social networks remember that the current minister classifies the bullfighter as “an unfair, sadistic, and despicable activity” and that, moreover, from his position as an MEP, he promotes the discrimination against bullfighting ranchers to deny access. the CAP, despite meeting all the requirements for it, which could translate into a disaster for the Spanish countryside because it condemns almost 500,000 hectares of pasture dedicated to the ecosystem and economy supported by breeding of the fighting bull.
These reasons seem to be more than enough to arouse legitimate suspicion of a sector, bullfighting, which not only provides the diversity and cultural identity of the country but also the economic wealth that is unfairly reflected in ministry budgets.
However, from the institutions that ensure the good health of bullfighting, the entry of Ernest Urtasun is welcomed with kindness and with the hope of maintaining a relationship that, at least, does not interfere with the development and good tone that have been established. continued with previous ministers.
From the Toro de Lidia Foundation, its president, Victorino Martín, speaking to LA RAZÓN, said that “we will ask to meet the new minister so that he can get to know us and establish direct communication that will allow us to continue the work we have done so far, as well as explore new strategies that allow us to continue growing. We have done this since the Foundation was active. With Máxim Huerta, we have no time, but with José Guirao and José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, we met and worked on very good terms. With the outgoing minister, Miquel Iceta, we did not have direct contact, but we were in contact with his representative, and the tone was also positive, so now it doesn’t need to be different.
Regarding Urtasun’s declaration as a recognized anti-bullfighting player, Victorino commented that “his personal preferences do not interfere with the treatment of the sector as a cultural asset in Spain; his duty now is to manage for all Spaniards and ensure all cultural expressions of the country, especially when we talk about a sector that produces a lot of wealth and whose economic, ecological, labor, and social impact is high and positive. In addition, in the bag-hey years, I don’t remember a Minister of Culture who declared himself an amateur; in fact, they all had statements and positions against bullfighting. Ministers have passed and bullfighting remains, like that, and from the Foundation, we will continue to work so that it does not change,” concluded the rancher.