Spain's Catalonia Bans Bullfighting

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Spain's Catalonia Bans Bullfighting

From European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA)

"There are some traditions that can't remain frozen in time as society changes," Jose Rull, member of parliament for the Catalonian nationalist party, Ciu, said.

Politicians argued that bullfighting's popularity in the region had declined in recent years.

Spain's northeastern Catalonia region has become the country's first mainland region to ban bullfighting after a heated parliamentary debate.

Cheers broke out in the local 135-seat legislature on Wednesday after the speaker announced the ban had passed by a vote 68 to 55 with nine abstentions.

The vote came after animal rights activists under a platform called "Prou!", which means "Enough", collected 180,000 signatures in a petition calling for a ban.

Politicians also argued during the parliamentary debate that bullfighting was seeing declining popularity in the region, with fewer and fewer people attending events.

"There are some traditions that can't remain frozen in time as society changes," Jose Rull, member of parliament for the Catalonian nationalist party, Ciu, said.

"We don't have to ban everything, but the most degrading things should be banned."