A Spanish court has rejected plans to exclude bullfighting from the youth voucher scheme.

 A Spanish court has rejected plans to exclude bullfighting from the youth voucher scheme.

Although the High Court stated that bullfighting is important for Spain's "social legacy," opponents see the administration as a step backward.

The debate over bullfighting's place in Spanish culture and society has been reignited after the country's highest court ruled that the Communist-led government had been wrong to exclude bullfights from a list of events accessible to children through a free culture voucher scheme.

The Bono social joven (youth culture voucher), introduced last year, qualifies Spaniards turning 18 for a €400 (£355) remittance, a large portion of which can be spent on attending far-reaching developments such as celebrations, shows, plays, displays, and movies.

The government's decision to remove bullfighting from the list of live widespread events enraged the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, an organization dedicated to defending and advancing the movement.

The establishment's leader, Victorino Martín, said bullfighting was one of Spain's "most unmistakable social articulations" and depicted its prohibition from the plan as "social control and an assault on opportunity".

In July 2021, matadors perform the 'pasillo,' or customary entry into the field, before a bullfight at Las Ventas in Madrid.

The association took the case to the Supreme Court, which overturned the public authority's decision on Tuesday, ruling that there was no support for ignoring bullfighting.

The court noted that bullfighting had been designated as part of Spain's "social legacy" under a 2013 regulation and that its "social, verifiable, and imaginative perspectives" had been managed at the expense of legal recognition.

Martin stated that the court's decision was "What this judgment says is that a forerunner in this nation - whatever their preferences and philosophy - must submit to the law," he told the Adapt radio broadcast. There is a law that protects bullfighting and requires people with significant influence to promote it. In light of philosophical sectarianism, we discovered an extremely clear prohibition for this situation."

Isabel Daz Ayuso, the traditional, egalitarian leader of the Madrid district, praised the decision as well, saying bullfighting was essential to Spanish culture and should not be separated due to "philosophical bias."

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