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The suspension of the Sanfermine s of 2020 because of the pandemic of coronavirus and, therefore, of the Feria del Toro this year, is a cause of sadness for fans of bullfighting, but also has important economic repercussions for the House of Mercy the owner of the plaza pamplona.

The suspension of the Feria del Toro has commented to Efe José María Framework , president of the Commission Taurine of the Casa de Misericordia of Pamplona, from a health point of view “is absolutely logical and common sense”, but it still generate “sadness and frustration” among the fans.

The festival of San Fermín, has reminded us, it is very important to Pamplona, “because they are his feasts”, but, for the House of Mercy, the organisers of bullfighting, “is a breakdown economic important in their budgets”.

Marco has explained that one of the founding principles of the Casa de Misericordia of Pamplona is the maintenance of the nursing home, with the ability to 550 people . By its own nature, the House establishes “as a criterion of priority and overriding” to the admission of residents to their lack of economic resources.

This criterion, he said, “logically produces a structural budget deficit”, of two to three million euros a year, according to exercises, which tries to compensate with atypical as the Feria del Toro, or the inheritances and donations. Generally, it has been pointed out, with the bullfighting can be compensated between one and two thirds of that structural deficit.

Negotiations with the bullfighters

Marco has pointed out that the House had begun to negotiate with some bullfighters, but “were simply the typical contacts that are made at the beginning.” These contacts were brief, “because in mid-march, we realized that this was a very serious , had already been suspended Failures, Seville, Madrid was about and saw that Pamplona not reached not by a long shot , with which we have suspended all the negotiations.”

yes they were apalabradas, with the reservation of the place, were the farms, but there has not been an expense prior in that sense. “What’s that, yes, there is a non-profit earnings , for what is left to win, that’s the problem,” he lamented Framework.

the president of The Club Taurino of Pamplona, Jose Mari Sevilla , has acknowledged that, “as fans, it is with grief and sadness not being able to attend or the san fermin festival, or Feria del Toro”.

“We have grief and sadness, because it is our hobby going to the bulls and we are deprived of it,” he assured the president Taurine Club , who has pointed out that, however, members tend to move to other Spanish fairs and other localities of Navarre.

This year, “we save e l payment of the Feria del Toro , but does not compensate us, we have a fondness for bullfighting and we like to go to see the bullfights”, has apostille.

Sevilla have claimed to understand that the authorities, “in the situation we’re in, choose to safeguard the interests of the entire population.”

the drama of The ranchers

But, beyond the Feria del Toro, the suspension of the bullfighting this summer, have a few great people: the livestock. In Navarra, according to data from this past winter, there were almost 10,000 animals spread over 68 farms.

The president of the Association of Farms of the Bulls of Navarre, Victor Arriazu , has commented that “the farms are very bad, because the situation today is that we do not know if there will be any celebration in Navarra” this summer.

The ranchers, has informed, get 80 % of their income from the bullfighting of the summer, in July, August and September. Last year, the Government of Navarra authorised 1.591 festivities.

This situation affects the livestock of fighting bulls of Navarre, because, according to the regulation, when a cow meets the six years, it cannot be lidiada. Therefore, has indicated Arriazu, “the bulls now have five years already is not going to be able to cope and have to go to the slaughterhouse for meat; that is the last exit, when there is no other option.”

In Navarra, for the brave cows that are used in popular festivities, there is no age limit, but the farmers are also sacrificing animals in the slaughterhouse. “We have the same costs that in a normal year, feeding, veterinary, machinery and, if you do not have income, the only solution is to remove expenses by killing animals to make a little cash,” he acknowledged Arriazu.

For the president of the association, “it is clear that the situation next year will not be the same that we were taking these years. We descapitalizando because we’re killing animals at a price that is not the actual value and next year we will have to make with what we can”,

The Government of Navarra, to alleviate the situation of these farmers, has approved aid worth € 750,000 to offset the costs of feeding and maintaining the cattle. The aid will be up to 90 euros per head for all farms of more than 10 animals (cattle over 8 months), both shod as without branding.