Catalonia is Spain’s first mainland region to outlaw bullfighting

Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region has become the country’s first mainland region to ban bullfighting after a heated parliamentary debate, reported today.

“Cheers broke out in the local 135-seat legislature on Wednesday after the speaker announced the ban had passed by a vote 68 to 55 with nine abstentions,” Aljazeera said.

Aljazeera posted this video news report on YouTube:


Bullfighting had already been on the decline in Catalonia, according to the New York Times.

“During the debate, lawmakers said the popularity of bullfighting has declined in recent years, and that the practice’s long history in Spain did not justify its cruelty,” the German news service Deutsche Welle said.

Deutsche Welle reported: “There are some traditions that can’t remain frozen in time as society changes,” said Jose Rull, member of parliament for the Catalonian nationalist party, or CiU, during the debate. “We don’t have to ban everything, but the most degrading things should be banned.”

AFP said that the vote came after animal rights activists campaigning under the platform “Prou!”, or “Enough!” in the Catalan language, collected 180,000 signatures in a petition calling for the assembly to decide on the ban.

Various news organizations report that Prou! supporters have resolved to take their campaign to outlaw bullfighting to other regions of Spain.


NGS stock photo of a bullfight (in Madrid, Spain) by O. Louis Mazzatenta


NGS stock photo of a bullfight (in Seville, Spain) by Joe Scherschel

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