Cambiemos calls for  appeal against sentence which also orders Town Hall to pay €3,000

The Superior Court of the Valencian Community (TSJCV) has overturned Orihuela Town Hall’s decision to ban shows on public land from using animals, including bullfights.

That motion was made by the Cambiemos party in October 2015 and approved with the votes of the Socialists (PSOE) and Ciudadanos, while the Partido Popular voted against and Foro Democrático abstained.

The Fundación Toro de Lidia took the Town Hall to court claiming that this decision could only be made by the State.

The TJCV blocked the motion and also condemned the Town Hall to pay €3,000 in court costs.

The sentence said a municipality has the power to give authorisations and licences but not to deny them on criteria that are not part of state or regional law.

The Fundación Toro de Lidia said bull sports are regulated as cultural heritage and protected, so the town hall has to protect them.

Karlos Bernabé of Cambiemos said the sentence is worrying because it invades the sovereignty of political power. He called on the Town Hall to appeal because the decision goes against the will of the people, as other Town Halls have done this and won.

The Peña Taurina (bullfighting Club) ‘José María Manzanares Hijo’ de Orihuela celebrated the verdict and proposed the councillors who approved the motion pay the court costs.