Bulls will no longer suffer a slow, painful and terrifying death in Catalonia’s bullrings.
History has been made this week with the Catalonian Parliament voting to approve an amendment of the current animal protection legislation and ban bullfighting within the region. MPs voted resoundingly in favour of a ban and it will come into effect on January 1st 2012.
This inspiring result came about because of a long and hard-fought campaign. A campaign that has been based on a simple act: people speaking out for animals, calling on politicians to turn those voices into votes.
Local joint platform PROU campaigned tirelessly to end the cruelty suffered by bulls in bullrings each year. The legislative initiative was brought before Parliament in December 2009 after more than 180,000 Catalonian citizens signed a petition demanding an end to bullfighting.
Since then, The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has collected over 85,000 signatures from its supporters worldwide in support of the ban. Find out more from Programmes Manager Dirk Verdonk, who was part of the WSPA team in Barcelona and who recorded this video when news of the landmark decision broke.
More and more local authorities from around the world are outlawing bullfighting, including The Canary Islands and cities in Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Portugal and Colombia. The ban in Catalonia will set an example in Spain for other regions to follow and help make the cruelty of bullfighting history.
Find out more about WSPA’s work to end animal cruelty here.