The Catalan parliament dealt the death blow to bullfighting in the region on Wednesday, outlawing the centuries-old spectacle for the first time in mainland Spain.
The result of 68 in favour, 55 against the ban was expected, since Catalonia's parliament had accepted a citizens' petition to stop bullfighting with activists concerned about animal cruelty battling devotees of the renowned Spanish tradition.
"There are some traditions that can't remain frozen in time as society changes. We don't have to ban everything, but the most degrading things should be banned," said Josep Rull, member of parliament for the Catalonian nationalist party (CiU).
Animal rights activists have pledged to spread the ban from the autonomy-minded region throughout the rest of the country.
see also: EVANA Interview - Francisco Martin about bullfights:
- Francisco is president of the Spanish Vegan Society, and a former General Secretary of the Intrernational Vegetarian Union who says:
"'Fellow sentient beings are systematically and senselessly slaughtered without any purpose, other than to satisfy an unnatural and depraved lust for blood."