Catalonia Parliament Bans Bullfighting in Landmark Spain Vote

July 29th, 2010 - 12:59 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

July 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A petition which was brought in front of the parliament of Catalonia in Spain led to a vote, which led to a ban of one of the most famous sports in the country. The paper had 180,000 signatures by people who stated that the “sport” is an outdated and barbaric practice.

Bullfighters, on the other hand, contend that the activity is an important tradition of the land and should be protected. They also maintain that bullfighting is an art-form and it is vital that it is preserved. These fighters are afraid this is just the beginning and many such bans will soon follow on the country of Spain. This particular ban will go onto effect in January of 2010, giving those who depend on the sport for their livelihood plenty of time to find other means in which to live.

Sixty-eight members of parliament backed the ban, and fifty-five voted against it. There were nine members who did not vote either way.

The main bullring in Barcelona is one of the oldest ones in Spain, and the only functioning one in Catalonia, but recently the support of bullfighting in the area has tapered off. A group of activists started the petition, which led to the vote after arguing that the practice is cruel and unacceptable. They maintain that most of the spectators for the events which are held in Catalonia lately are all tourists.

Animal rights lobby group “Prou!” (which means “Enough!”) led the campaign. The first region which banned bullfighting is the Canary Islands, in a decision which was enforced in 1991.

A bullfight, which last about 20 minutes, depending on the strength of the bull, consists of “bullfighters” who continuously stab the animal over and over with swords to weaken it. The death blow is usually delivered with a sword which is shoved between the shoulder blades of the animal. These bulls are specially bred just for this undignified death. In essence, they are born to die…by torture.

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