Should Spain Ban Bullfights?July 28, 2010 - 6:44 AM | by: Greg Burke
The Parliament of Catalonia voted today to ban bullfights in the region, after an emotionally and politically-charged debate in Barcelona.
The prohibition won handily, with 68 votes in favor, 55 against and 9 abstentions.
Catalonia is the second region in Spain to ban bullfighting after the Canary Islands did so in 1991. But Catalonia carries much more weight, as a powerful economic force in the country and a region with a strong independent streak.
While the Catalonian prohibition is significant, Spain is still a long way from saying adios to a popular pastime in the country.
Spanish newspapers regularly carry reviews of the previous day’s bullfights, and animal-rights campaigners have had a hard time making any headway in the country.
The conservative, Madrid-based daily ABC newspaper railed against what it called the “prohibition obsession” in Catalonia, saying that the campaign was “incompatible with individual freedom and cultural tradition.”
American writer Ernest Hemingway was huge fan of Spanish bullfights, and wrote a 500-page book on the subject, “Death in the Afternoon.”