In Catalonia the fiesta is ending, with the ban of bullfighting

The last of six bulls was killed this month in Barcelona, capital of the Catalonia region of Spain. The last show was performed in front a sold out audience of 20,000 in the Monumental ring, opened by Matador Jose Tomas and finishing with Serafin Marin  the ring was swarmed by spectators to take sand as a souvenir.

The fights last around 20 minutes before the final sword is aimed between the shoulders of the bull. There are 6 bulls per night. The Monumental ring held 15 fight annually.

The Catalan government banned the fights in July ’10 with does not take affect until January 1st 2012 thought the season for the fights has now closed, which effectively ends the sport.

Anyway, anti-bullfighting activists celebrated outside the Monumental ring before the final fight with sparkling wine. In Spain? Sparking?

Bullfighting supporters are already planning on challenging the law. Many stating the ban was only sought to divide the Catalonia from the wider Spanish culture.

Of the 17 regions in Spain, Catalonia is only the second to ban the fights, the first being The Canary Islands in the early 90s, though it was never popular there.

The Spanish have a weird obsession with torturing bulls. With the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the very strange Correbous, where in a town centre or ring, flaming fireworks are attached to the bull’s horns – the bull is then arbitrarily teased by the crowd. Great, erm, fun

All in all I’m pleased with the ban. It’s only a shame the whole of Spain hasn’t implemented the move so we can say adios to scenes like this:

 

Dying bull

 

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