Death of corridas in Catalonia

2010
08.01

One of the major travel news this week is certainly the bullfighting ban in Catalonia. This ban is the result of a petition signed by more than 180 000 activists, who qualify the activity as immoral and cruel. They also argued that the corridas are not even about tradition anymore as most spectators are now tourists.

Some people see in this legislation the newest highlight of the differences between Spain and Catalonia - the latter wanting to be  autonomous from the former, and thus constantly looking for new reasons to claim its independence and mark its singularity.

However, this should not affect immediate travel plans, at least for those of you planning to attend a corrida - the ban is not going to be effective before 2012.

What do you think of this new legislation? Is it going to affect corridas in other regions of Spain and South America?

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  2. College Girl says:

    I think it is a good thing. It doesn’t really seem right what they do!

  3. Marie says:

    I totally agree. I don’t mind the whole chasing thing, it’s kind of entertaining. I just don’t agree with the torture part of the ceremony. Let the poor animal die, already!

    A friend of mine attended a corrida and she told me the matador made an incorrect move, so the bull ended up on the ground, having a severe seizure. How can people look at that and cheer!?

  4. Terry says:

    I have to say I’m pleased. I have avoided bullfighting when in spain because of the heavy tourist push.

  5. Steve says:

    I read that this move was a push by hardline Catalan nationalists. Apparently the Spanish national government had overturned parts of the Catalan national charter that was approved in a referendum a few years ago. This really irked them. Plus, Many Catalans aren’t concerned as much about animal welfare than they are about rejecting the bull as a symbol of Spain.

  6. Marie says:

    I guess we can conclude this is more of a political move than an altruist, animal-loving decision. Not very surprising coming from a separatist region!

    But at least, bulls don’t get to be tortured anymore in that part of the country. It may be a hypocrite move but it does have its good effects.

    Do you think it will affect other corridas in the world, in Mexico, for example? I don’t think it will, sadly.

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