Canada has the strongest animal rights organizations in the person of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and Animal Alliance and it has the Criminal Code that forbids fighting or baiting animals. How for all that the bullfighting popularity in Canada has grown and spread from town to town and from city to city? In fact, the growth of the bullfighting popularity in Canada was inevitable, while its decline was destined too. Many of Canadian constant residents are French, Spaniards, Mexicans and Portuguese, who believe that bullfighting is in their blood. The bullfighting tradition is so strong that it is as hard to abolish it as to deprive people from their daily food and drink.
Thus, the bullfighting popularity in Canada began to flourish in several small towns of Canadian provinces. There were both professionals and bullfighting amateurs in Canada, who displayed their courage, talent, fearlessness and mastery to fight the bull. Bullfights were held in Listowell, a Canadian town, in deep countryside until 1996. The fights attracted people from both Canada and the USA, but, in fact, they did not bring any income to their organizer, Acores. The town's authorities did not allow bullfighting and animal rights activists to ban it, while the organizer paid enormous sums of money to the lawyers, who took care of legal matters.
Despite a huge protest, bullfighting was also organized in Montreal in August 1998, the second largest city in Canada, where people celebrate different cultures and speak many languages, including French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Greek. The animals' rights activists were even shocked that Montreal was dealing with the promotion of the bullfighting popularity in Canada. Although the bullfight was conducted in a Portuguese style, that is bloodless, there was much fire around it. The animals' rights activists consider that although Portuguese bullfighters do not kill the bull in front of the audience, the event is enormously traumatic and cruel for the bull.
Oppositely, bullfight promoters believed that bullfighting was an art or what for all those paintings, sculpture and books about bullfighting? When asked about bullfighting as the Spanish and Portuguese tradition, a spokesperson Andrew Plumbly of the Global Action Network offered an interesting comparison: "Slavery used to be a part of our culture too, but we have moved on."
however, the bullfighting popularity in Canada was destined to be a failure. In Montreal, many tickets remained unsold while the oppression to bullfighting was so strong that until today no entrepreneur has courage to hold a bullfight in Canada.
Nevertheless, the ban on bullfighting in Canada did not stop its popularity but, perhaps, even increased its appeal. It is a common rule that people like more those things that are forbidden. Hence, many Canadian aficionados, French, Spaniards, Portuguese and Mexicans leave Canada annually during a bullfight season for the countries, where they can enjoy the performance. Here is the way Canada promotes the international tourism.