Animal Lover Brigitte Bardot
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Digg this As part of a UNESCO convention on preserving intangible cultural heritage, France is required to maintain an inventory of its national cultural traditions, and it was announced this month that bullfighting has been added to the list.
On April 22, French culture minister Fredricic Mitterrand officially inscribed bullfighting on a list enumerating the country’s cultural heritage, a decision that has drawn fire from none other than Brigitte Bardot , the fervent animal rights supporter and actress who is herself so identified with French culture that she has been sculpted as the mythical Marianne .
France Soir reports that the sport traditionally takes place in nearly 40 towns spread across four regions of southern France, and it was the Observatoire National des Cultures Taurines , a bullfighting organization in Arles, that requested this recognition from the French government. The culture ministry specified that it is not seeking the next level of recognition for bullfighting ” inscription on UNESCO’s list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, an honor that the gastronomic meal of the French received in 2010 ” although placement on a list of national traditions would be a necessary first step for that process to occur.
Many animal rights-supporters are outraged at this decision, and Brigitte Bardot has written a scathing letter to Fredric Mitterrand, pointedly addressed to the minister of unculture, according to France Soir . In it, the And God Created Woman sensation wrote that French culture is a culture of enlightenment and has nothing to do with bloody things like bullfighting. In addition to her objections on ethical grounds, she also pointed out that bullfighting was imported into France from Spain.
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