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Catalan Parliament Bans Bullfighting

Written by PETA | July 28, 2010

Hurrah! Hard work pays off: The Catalan parliament in Spain has voted to ban bullfighting! It was clear that no other outcome was possible after officials were presented with the signatures of 180,000 people who don’t believe that bulls should be stabbed to death for entertainment. According to a 2013 Ipsos MORI survey, more than 70 percent of Spaniards have no interest whatsoever in attending or supporting bullfights and more than three-quarters oppose using public funds to support the bullfighting industry, and public condemnation of this bloody spectacle is growing worldwide. Cities and towns all over the world have taken positions against bullfighting, joining Spain’s Canary Islands, which voted to ban bullfighting back in 1991.



Earlier this month, PETA U.K. and the Spanish animal rights group AnimaNaturalis joined forces to give the bulls a say—check it out.

Saucy Spanish entertainer Charo is also jumping for joy in the wake of this news, as she has been working to end bullfighting for years. “I’m more proud to be Spanish today than on any other day of my life,” Charo said. “This shows that the new generation in Spain wants to lose this barbaric tradition. And I look forward to doing the cuchi cuchi at PETA’s gala in September to celebrate!”

Charo recently joined forces with PETA to fight bullfighting. You can join Charo in speaking out against bullfighting by asking Spain’s Prime Minister to ban the cruel blood sport throughout the country.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Monica says:

    This is great news!!! I am very excited to see this as the first step towards making bullfighting illegal all over the world. I consider it a senseless unnecessary and brutal form of entertainment.

  • Inga Philipp Alvarez says:

    Do not sya HURRA yet! I am Spaniard and live and Spain. Unfortunately the Goverment of Catalua still allows people torturing bulls in the so called “fiestas” held in the summer all around Catalua and Spain like putting fire on their horns which end up with blindness on the bulls after hours of pain and suffer running around the towns while people hit and torture them. Also they use younger bulls or cows to play with always shouting quite drank and hitting and disturbing the bulls for hours. THis is still worse than the real “fiesta” which only takes 20 minutes though the bull dies. So it is more a political question of refusing a “Spanish” fiesta of more than 400 years rather than defending bulls and cows. Please tell everybody to ask Spain to prohibite these fire bulls etc. including Catalua. THanks. And ask Catalua not to play this kind of doublegame.

  • maria says:

    Somos muchos en Espaa los que luchamos contra la crueldad animal. Pero es importante que haya tambin quejas de otros pases…. La unin hace la fuerza!!! Thanks.

  • Mara says:

    step by step we will win many battles… This is amazing… I’m so happy… Well done Peta…

  • Ineke says:

    Its about time! now the rest of the world! Go green go vegan!

  • carmen de torres says:

    I think they are very hipocrit. They torture animals in many other ways but they only torture they have banned is bullfight because they consider bullfight part of Spain and they don’t want to belong to Spain or have anything to do with it. so it is only politics. At least I am happy that what they did for their own policial interest benefitted the animals. please Peta go after them so that they abolish all animal torture. They are now having those stupid festivities where they put fire on the bulls’ horns and those animals suffer a lot with that and of course they killed them at the end.

  • [email protected] says:

    So happy to hear this. Join me and others on facebook in posting “No more Bullfighting!” post Charo’s video to better educate your friends of this horrible so called tradition. Thank you!

  • odette chauve says:

    I did not hope to see this day arrived in my lifetime. I weep with joy. BRAVISSIMO CATALOGNE !!!

  • Irene Hay says:

    Wonderful news that the Catalan Parliament has banned bull fighting NOW when in Europe I will make a point of visiting the Catalonia area. Marvellous news.

  • Maru Vigo says:

    A great victory for the animals and the dedicated Spanish activists! Bullfighting is a despicable and cruel practice that soon enough will be deleted from the face of the earth. Today is Catalonia tomorrow it will be all the other Latin American countries where this tradition is still promote by the cruelignorant and blood thirsty mobs! ABAJO LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS!

  • rachel says:

    i am so glad for a bit of good news in this depressing world. i am passionatly opposed to bullfighting who can possibly be entertained watching an innocent creature being slaughtered?. it’s evil so let’s call it what it is evil. i pray for a worldwide ban.

  • Angela Abadilla says:

    Words can’t begin to describe how happy I am with this decision. Congratulations to a well thought out decision. We must continue loving the animals of our world so our children and our children’s children will love appreciate and value them for years to come.

  • 4mula1 says:

    i think its fair to say with many TOP racing drivers from spain like fernando alonso and indylights carmen jorda. all eyes FINALLY!.. have gotten away from cruelty sports many young people will want to follow them and be race drivers and it just gets better!.. next year carmen will be in indy series the indy 500!.. good bye blood sports.. this is long over due!

  • Marcia Mueller says:

    This is absolutely wonderful news and I hope it continues throughout the world until all bullfighting ends. We will still have much work to do though with rodeos horse stampedes circuses etc. But any victory really does feel good.

  • ratking says:

    this is a great day for every animal rights activist and all the great animal rights organizations in the world! now we must stop it in the rest of spain and the world above all in france where the toreromafia tries to gain weight! but there we have CRAC anticorrida organization with 986 celebrities very soon they shall be a 1000! there are famous people like michele morgan alain delon and and and! yesterday i went to the peta germany web site and from there i wrote a sharp salty letter to zapatero to stop this insane and coward crime at once!