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Bullfight tax row splits Portugal's ruling Socialists

November 16, 2018 4:15 PM
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LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s bullfighting tradition has stirred a row inside the Socialist government after the new culture minister refused to cut value-added tax (VAT) on tickets to events in line with other cultural shows.

Many Portuguese back the practice, arguing that it is more humane than in neighboring Spain because bulls are not killed in the ring but rather after the fight, out of sight of spectators. Supporters also say the contests are less skewed in favor of the bullfighters, who are frequently gored in what...

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