The Local reports that a bullring owner has claimed it’s more dangerous for children to see a Gay Pride parade than a bullfight.
Spanish businessman Carlos Zúñinga said that watching a bullfight will do children “no harm whatsoever” for children to watch a bullfight; it will do them more harm to watch a Gay Pride march.”
Zúñinga is the co-owner of Circuitos Taurinos, which runs several bullrings throughout Spain. His statements were in response to criticism from activists over the psychological damage that children could suffer from watching a bullfight.
“I don’t particularly like fiestas that stand up for people like gay pride, but I don’t attend them and I respect them,” he said. “That is what is harmful for children to watch.”
The comments have stirred up controversy in Spain, a country well-known for its liberal approach to gay rights.
Silvia Barquero, head of animal rights political party Pacma, told The Local: “In Spain, there are still people anchored in the past. To think that bullfighting is our tradition today is as anachronistic as to think that gay people should not have equal rights. Luckily those people are a minority.”