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WSPA hands over 140,000 signatures to the Catalonian Parliament

The World Society for the Protection of Animals hands over 140,000 signatures to the Catalonian Parliament in support of a popular initiative calling for an end to bullfighting in Catalonia.

July 26, 2010

Barcelona, Spain: The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) today handed over a letter, signed by more than 140,000 supporters from 120 countries, to Ernest Benach, President of the Catalonian Parliament. The letter is addressed to all Catalonian Members of Parliament, expressing international support for the popular initiative (ILP) and calling for an end to bullfighting in Catalonia. (Footnote 1)

The signatures were collected through WSPA websites worldwide in support of the joint platform PROU, made up of several Catalonian citizens working for a ban on bullfighting in the region. PROU will present this ILP to be voted in the Parliament this Wednesday, July 28th.

“The unprecedented level of international interest and activity that this campaign has inspired among members of the public and the media during recent months demonstrates the true scale and spread of the support for a legally-binding abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia,” stated Mike Baker, CEO of WSPA International. “This week, the world is watching Catalonia. Local Members of Parliament have the chance to make a bold statement about the region’s modern attitude by refusing to allow the continuance of this outdated and cruel practice.”

During the interview with WSPA representatives, President Benach reiterated his intention to vote for a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia. Such a ban would be in keeping with an emerging trend, as more and more local authorities from around the world are outlawing thie practice. In Spain, the Canary Islands have already banned bullfighting, as have cities in Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Portugal and Colombia. A ban in Catalonia would set an example in Spain for other regions to follow and end bullfighting.

The Catalonian Parliament is scheduled to vote on the ILP on Wednesday, 28th July at 10:00 (CET). Representatives from PROU will hold a press conference immediately following the announcement of the result at the press room of the Parliament.

Notes to editors:

1. The signatures handed in today were collected via WSPA websites, and approximately 20,000 of the signatures were collected by the Humane Society International (HSI).

2. Pictures and images from today’s interview are available upon request. Please contact Laura Flannery at the details below.

To schedule an interview or for further information and requests for pictures, please contact: WSPA USA Communications Manager – Laura Flannery, 617.896.9291, lflannery@wspausa.org

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