Monday 24 July 2017

Spanish dismiss bullfighting ban as political stunt

Demonstrators gather outside Barcelona's only bullring, the Monumental Arena, yesterday to make their voices heard
Demonstrators gather outside Barcelona's only bullring, the Monumental Arena, yesterday to make their voices heard

MOST Spaniards don't like bullfighting but oppose the recent move by Catalonia to ban it, according to a survey published yesterday.

The poll, commissioned by daily newspaper 'El Pais', showed 58pc believe the Catalan ban was more a rejection of Spanish tradition than a desire to protect animal rights.

Catalonia, which prides itself on its distinct identity, became Spain's first major region to prohibit bullfighting last week following a campaign by rights activists. While the poll indicated 60pc of Spaniards don't like bullfighting, 57pc said they opposed the ban.

Yesterday, some 50 demonstrators for and against the ban gathered outside Barcelona's Monumental bullring before its first bullfight since the ban, which comes into effect in 2012. The ban will have more of a symbolic effect, given bullfighting is not popular in Catalonia and the Monumental is the region's last arena.

Irish Independent

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