In a national referendum a majority of people in Ecuador voted for a ban on bullfighting, ending a 500 year-old tradition, the Irish Times reports.
Voters on 7 May 2011 were also asked to decide on a number of measures introduced my President Rafael Correa, including banning cock fighting and casino gambling.
Bullfighting, widely seen as an elite past time choice and a European tradition, was mainly opposed by the country’s indigenous majority.
Following the example of Cuenca, the third largest city that banned the spectacle in 2004, bullfighting will only be allowed if the bull is not killed. This is also known as the ‘Portuguese style’.