VICTORY! Balearic Islands Parliament Bans Bullfighting

Bullfights will soon be ‘a bad memory for the islands’

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The three left-wing parties in the Balearic Islands Parliament (PSOE, Mes and Podemos) have committed to ban bullfighting in the region.

The animal rights organisations that launched the Mallorca Sin Sangre (Mallorca Without Blood) campaign, announced that the three parties are to put forward a proposition in the Balearic chamber to modify the laws that allow bullfighting events.

“After many months of real effort and being able to make 24 towns declare themselves ‘anti-bullfighting’ and ‘animal-friendly,’ as well as the support of 135,000 people and also figures from culture, fashion, cinema and sport, the Mallorca Sense Sang campaign is about to achieve its goal,” said the association Anima Naturalis.

Head of the association, Guillermo Amengual, said this achievement was ‘historic’ and celebrated that, “in a few days, bullfighting will just be a bad memory for the islands.”

However, the parties insisted that there is no specific date for the legal modification which will eradicate bullfighting, which is to be included in the animal well-being law. In fact, the proceedings could take months, as it is not considered a priority.

In the islands, there are only four active bullrings; Palma, Alcudia, Inca and Muro, as festivities like this have seen a big reduction during the past few years, reaching the lowest figure this year, with just three bullfights having taken place.