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Spanish Broadcaster Bans Bullfighting

JANUARY 8, 2011
Spanish Broadcaster Bans Bullfighting
Associated Press

MADRID-Spain's leading broadcaster says it will no longer show bullfighting in order to protect children from viewing violence.

State network RTVE lists its new ban on transmitting bullfighting programs under a chapter called "Violence with animals" in its latest stylebook, and says it "will not broadcast bullfighting."

One of the reasons given by RTVE for the ban is that bullfights "generally coincide with hours protected or specially protected for young viewers."

Spain has seen a fierce debate over the blood-soaked pageant that has fascinated artists and writers from Goya to Hemingway. In July, the influential northeastern region of Catalonia became the second Spanish region to ban the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting, joining the Canary Islands, which outlawed the practice in 1991. 04576069550576003950.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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