Sep 26, 2011
After centuries of cruelty in the name of entertainment, Spain’s Catalonia region has held its last ever bullfight.
In July 2010, the Catalonian parliament voted to ban bullfighting following pressure from the citizen’s initiative “Prou” (“enough”) campaign. Although the ban does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2012, this cruel spectacle has ending in the region as the bullfighting season now draws to a close.
WSPA’s supporters contributed to this unprecedented success for animal welfare: more than 140,000 people from across the globe stated their support for a ban, putting pressure on Members of the regional Parliament to end bullfighting.
The final “performances” took place in Catalonia’s last functioning bullring, Monumental in Barcelona, on Sept. 25. The event was met by both pro- and anti-bullfighting protests outside of the ring.
Bullfighting supporters are now attempting to gather signatures to have the practice declared as culturally important to Spain and, therefore, worthy of state protection. However, it is estimated that there will not be nearly enough supporters to challenge the ban in Catalonia.
Catalonia was the second Spanish autonomous region to pass a ban on bullfighting (the first was the Canary Islands), although it was the first where a ban resulted from a public campaign. The practice continues in other Spanish regions, Portugal, parts of France and several Latin American countries. In the latter, WSPA is supporting local organizations in pressing for a ban.