28 July 2010
Catalonia bans bullfighting in landmark Spain vote
Bullfighting has declined in popularity in Catalonia but fights are still held
The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting - the first region of
mainland Spain to do so.
The vote took place as the result of a petition brought to parliament, signed by
180,000 people who say the practice is barbaric and outdated.
Bullfight supporters insist that the corrida, as it is known, is an important
tradition to preserve. They also fear the vote could be the first of many in the
country. The ban takes effect in January 2012.
In Wednesday's vote, 68 backed a ban, 55 voted against and nine abstained.