Condemnation of 'The Lonely Planet' Madrid Guide that Promotes Bullfighting

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Originally Posted:  9 March 2009

Condemnation of 'The Lonely Planet' Madrid Guide that Promotes Bullfighting

From Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE)

Send emails demanding that if bullfighting must be mentioned in The ‘Lonely Planet’ Madrid city guide (by author Anthony Ham, published October 2008), bullfighting should not be promoted.

United Kingdom Lonely Planet Offices

USA Lonely Planet Offices

Australia Lonely Planet Office


The Guide gives ticket agencies for the purchase of bullfighting tickets and where to find a bullfighting museum. Although it quotes polls saying that 75% of Spaniards have no interest in the sport, there is no mention of the large and growing anti-bullfighting movement spreading through Spain.

The only attempt to show the “other side” is the question “An epic drama of blood and sand or a cruel blood “sport” that has no place in modern Europe? (Page 221)

But the Madrid guide makes it obvious where the ‘Lonely Planet’ stands on the question of bullfighting. At the very beginning of the guide a picture is chosen featuring the interior of a pro-bullfighting restaurant concentrating on bullfighting memorabilia.

They also write: ‘Nothing can exceed the gaiety and sparkle of a Spanish public going eager and full-dressed to the fight’ (Page 101) ‘at once picturesque, compelling theatre and an ancient ritual that sees 30,000 bulls killed in 17,000 bullfights each year in Spain.’ (Page 222)

Tony Moore, Chairman of FAACE, wrote to the Editor on the 7th of January 2009 saying;

Your writer would be better employed making a good job of researching what is a very controversial subjecting instead of repeating the same old staid clichés. One wonders if he is just lazy or in the pocket of the bullfighting industry.

You are doing no favors to Spain; they want to break away from the outdated and cruel picture that bullfighting paints.

I ask you to make sure that when the subject of bullfighting is mentioned in one of your travel guides, if you do not condemn it, at least you should not promote it!

To date there has been no response to FAACE's letter!

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