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Olé! Catalonia Takes Steps to Stop Bullfighting

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Posted on Dec 19, 2009
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An activist group called the Prou!, Catalan for “Enough!,” collected 168,000 signatures in persuading politicians to hold the vote to ban bullfighting.

The northeast Spanish province of Catalonia has made the first step toward banning the practice of bullfighting, a cultural phenomenon but also a sizable thorn in the side of animal rights activists.  —JCL

The Times Online:

Catalonia voted yesterday [Friday] to ban bullfighting, a move that campaigners claim could mark the beginning of the end of Spain’s most controversial sport.

Protestors dressed as slaughtered bulls stood outside the Catalan Parliament before 67 deputies voted for the ban, with 59 against. Five abstained.

The motion must pass a final vote next year before a ban comes into force.

Though the ban will put an end to bullfights, it will not prohibit street fiestas in which bulls are tormented, sometimes with balls of fire attached to their horns.

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By Ibiza, December 15, 2010 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

When I was young I thought bullfighting was a sport where strong men fight muscle-to-muscle with bulls, and the stronger wins! How wrong I was! As a sport, it is no more cruel than us watching boxing, cage fighting, etc. but people are a strange species; the history of humanity and civilisation isn’t one about finding knowledge and enlightenment, but is wholly made up of different periods of fighting, war and bloodsheds.

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By Jackson, September 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Oh come on! I am not being an animale hatter or anything I am just saying let them do what their culture and tradition asks them. I mean killing a bull ya it is a little sad, but it is a culture, it is not like they are going to run them to extintion. And if the bulls began to become endangered they would ban bullfighting until the population of the animales was healthy enough. It is like saying that a certain religion that a people have been practicing for thousands of years are asked to stop because they would sacrifice a crocadile or something. again I am not being an animale hatter, just saying that people need to be a little more tolerant of the Spanish culture and some of there practices.

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By Benjamin Mazariegos, April 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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FRTothus, you’re being demagogic:

This is about bullfighting not about elvis Presley,
right?

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By FRTothus, December 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment

And what about the “brave” American hunters who kill for sport, or the “brave” American soldiers who kill other human beings for the benefit of US corporations?  No one occupies the moral high ground here, especially the world’s most profligate and murderous State.  They kill bulls for entertainment, we destroy nations and whole peoples for profit.  Which is more morally reprehensible?

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By Den, December 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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” ‘Shame on anyone who finds an animal being tortured
entertaining…And shame on anyone who thinks that
stepping into a ring armed with swords with a
frightened and confused animal who has often already
had the tendons in its neck severed so it cannot lift
its head is brave.’ “

Finally. Finally. Finally!!! 100% agreed.

“A Gallup survey in 2006 found that 81 per cent of
those under 35 had no interest in bullfighting.”

This shows it’s only a matter of time before the
“traditionalists,”—who have no sense of right and
wrong and stick to what they are familiar with—are
the minority and this law will follow suit throughout
the rest of the country and elsewhere in the world.

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