>> Thursday, 29 July 2010
This week, on wednesday 28, the Catalan Parliament approved a measure that will make bullfighting illegal throughout our country, with 68 votes in favor and 55 against. The vote was the result of a popular initiative, launched by an association called Prou! (Catalan for Enough!), and reflects a 2006 survey which showed that 71% of Catalans — me included — were opposed to bullfighting.
The Spanish government has only said that respects but not shares the ban. Barely a month after the Constitutional Court rejected some points in our Statute of Autonomy, such as identifying Catalonia as a nation, the conservative party announced that they will also take this result to the Court. J. Montilla, Catalan president, said that this decision reflects the standardized social habits of the Catalans and therefore also the unstoppable culture in favor of animal rights before any legal imposition.
1. A bullring in Seville. 2. Parliament of Catalonia.
I'm very happy with this decision, needless to say. However, bullfights would have slowly disappeared anyway due to the indifference of the Catalan citizenry towards the Fiesta. Beyond tradition and plasticity, a living being is killed on the bullring and very few like to see such cruelty.
Bullfighting was first banned in the Canary Islands in the mid-1990s.