This Is Why Barcelona Can’t Ban Bullfighting

By : Ben HaywardTwitterLogo

0 Shares
39471UNILAD imageoptim bullfight1 This Is Why Barcelona Cant Ban BullfightingGetty

Back in 2010, the regional government of Catalonia imposed a controversial ban on bullfighting.

However, just last month Spain’s constitutional court overturned the ban, reports The Guardian.

Nine of the 12 judges ruled that ‘preservation of common cultural heritage’ was the responsibility of the state, and therefore the Catalan parliament had overstepped its authority.

Advertisement

The decision has prompted public outrage in Catalonia, with government officials saying they will work to make sure the ruling has no practical effect.

The Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau, tweeted: 

Barcelona has been an anti-bullfighting city since 2004. Whatever the court says, the Catalan capital will not allow animals to be mistreated.

In a written statement, Josep Rull, the Catalan minister for public works, said: 

Advertisement

The constitutional court can decide what they want, but the government of Catalonia will make every effort for bullfights not to return to our country.

We want a country where it is not possible to make a public spectacle of death and suffering to an animal.

26755UNILAD imageoptim bullfight3 This Is Why Barcelona Cant Ban BullfightingGetty

Although the ban has both popular and political support on the grounds of animal cruelty, critics insist it’s a move intended to distance Catalonia from the rest of Spain, paving the way for independence.

Esperanza Aguirre, former president of the Madrid region, tweeted: 

Advertisement

Bulls return to Catalonia. Millions of Spanish and international fans celebrate the decision.

63670UNILAD imageoptim bullfight2 This Is Why Barcelona Cant Ban BullfightingGetty

 

But even though bullfighting remains legal, it is declining in popularity – a recent online poll conducted by Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia found that 68 per cent still supported the ban.

For something with so little public support in the region, at the very least maybe it won’t be financially viable if they can’t draw a crowd…


Credits

The Guardian

Comments