It was announced on Wednesday 28 July 2010 that Catalonia has become the first part of mainland Spain to ban bullfighting. A 135-member regional parliament voted to approve a ban proposed by animal rights activists.
The message sent out is that bullfights are not an intrinsic or untouchable part of Spanish culture and identity but a form of animal abuse.
Spain’s Canary Islands had already outlawed bullfights back in 1991, as part of a more general animal protection law, but that decision had gone largely unnoticed – the Catalan move, however, has ignited discussion and divided opinion across the rest of the country.
The official policy of the SPCA movement in South Africa is “opposed to the use of animals in any form of combat whether against man or animal.”