Category Archives: Spain

Spanish government’s announcement re bullfighting can only mean: Remind them that they act against the people’s will!

While Spain, in fact, the whole of Europe, has been occupied with economic matters,  political developments in the most gruesome past time the country has to offer, have been equally grim. A friend of mine who has lived in Barcelona … Continue reading

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New Madrid mayor cheats to fulfil EU criteria and supports bullfighting

Ana Botella has just started her new job as mayor of Spain’s capital Madrid. Surely a good thing, was my first reaction. Mind you, she is the first female mayor in the history of the city! She might stir up … Continue reading

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Video celebrating the Catalonia bullfighting ban

Watch out! Video contains images of animal cruelty. The Spanish animal welfare party PACMA has published this video showing some gruesome footage of bullfights in Barcelona’s Monumental bull ring, now history following the vote in the Catalan Parliament on 28 … Continue reading

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Bullfighting ban in Catalonia marks the beginning of the end of the cruel blood sport

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 … Continue reading

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Despite horrible injuries, bullfighting continues – financed by the tax payer

In one of the last bullfights of the season Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla was gored by a bull in Zaragoza, Spain last Friday. He slipped and fell just after placing the banderillas, small harpooned daggers, into the bull. The … Continue reading

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Simple reason to get rid of bullfighting: It’s disgusting!

I have just read this excellent article in the Guardian and wanted to share it with you. Alexander Chancellor in Comment is free reminds people that while there may be tradition and ritual involved, bullfighting, first and foremost, is repulsive and … Continue reading

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‘Humanising’ the Toro de la Vega – a BBB investigation

A project that is close to my heart is the reform of the Torneo del Toro de la Vega which literally means ‘the tournament of the bull in the meadow’ and is one of the cruellest bullfighting events in Spain. … Continue reading

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No more death in the afternoon: Sunday saw Catalonia’s last bullfight

When the international press covers bullfighting it is usually sad news. They run slide shows depicting horrible killing scenes in the arena, cruel fiestas such as the Toro de la Vega or the announcement of the Spanish Government giving bullfighting a … Continue reading

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Galician town of Ares declared anti-bullfighting

According to Dutch anti-bullfighting organisation CAS International Ares, Galicia, northwest Spain is the 83rd town to be declared bullfighting free. In a recent vote citizens rejected all forms of mistreatment to animals and, hence the community was declared “Anti-Bullfighting Community … Continue reading

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Toro de la Vega 2011 – Video from event and protest

This Tuesday, one of the most gruesome bullfighting events, the Toro de la Vega, took place in the town of Tordesillas, central Spain. Spanish animal welfare party PACMA shows footage of the cruel event on its website. Warning, you may … Continue reading

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