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Catalans Vote to Abolish Bullfighting

Posted on 28 July 2010 by dianew

The Catalan Parliament today passed the abolition of bull fighting in Catalunya, by a margin of 68 votes to 45. The ban will become law from 1 January 2012. Detractors claim that Catalans see this veto as just another way of distancing themselves from the rest of Spain, while others applaud it as the beginning of the end of bullfighting worldwide. Many Spaniards, Catalans included, object to the ban as stepping on historical Spanish traditions, citing the age-old argument that matadors are so expertly trained, bulls are killed without suffering; indeed if they suffer the matador is booed. They claim that Spaniards have nothing but respect for these noble beasts. The majority however , are moving with the times and general respect for all life, and while happy to eat the meat; do not want to watch their dinner being slaughtered. The overwhelming support for this total ban throughout Cataluña, proves that at least in this area, voters are against cruelty of any kind, regardless of “traditions”. Although the law is dated from 1 January 2012, many smaller towns have already begun the destruction of their local bullring, most of which have not been used for many years. While there are obviously some dissenters; the majority of Catalans are proud to be the first to put an end to this spectacle.

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