Bullfighting will be banned in Catalonia from 1 January 2012. A truly historic day for all anti-bullfighting campaigners. For that we owe a huge gratitude to the Prou campaign and others who collected a stunning 180,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed for a referendum. It was a long way, but on 28 July 2010 a majority of Catalan MPs voted in favour of the ban.
Of course there are those who will never give up fighting for a return of the old days, when bullfighting was popular and people made money from it. And those who pretend that bullfighting is considered art:
“SPAIN is a nation that widely considers bullfighting to be a noble art, a tradition that passes down through generations as well as an important industry.”, writes Peter Fieldman in Euro Weekly Online.
It’s not and bullfighting will never see its new dawn. It’s still supported, yes. But audiences in bullfighting areas such as Andalusia and Madrid are declining and it seems that the average age is increasing. The young generations are largely opposed to bullfighting and see it for what it is. A cruel outdated past time. Something that cannot be justified in a modern and peaceful society. In other words something that will die out sooner or later. The Catalonia ban is the beginning of the end of bullfighting in Spain. And make no mistake, it won’t survive for long outside its motherland either.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fellow campaigners, particularly in Spain, Portugal and France. I know that it is a very difficult and sometimes unpleasant job. BBB has reported about violent confrontations with taurinos.
BBB has thrived since the kick off of the campaign in June 2011 and this is thanks to you out there who read the blog and the Facebook page, comment, defend, rant, make suggestions and post articles. So, a big thank you to all of you. I am grateful for you support and look forward to working with all of you in 2012. We are on the right path and with our continued hard work and a bit of luck we will help to bring bullfighting to an end. Sooner rather than later.