Spain’s Balearic Islands to ban bullfighting

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Spain’s Balearic Islands to ban bullfighting


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Lawmakers of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous division of Spain have voted in favour of a proposal to introduce a ban on bullfighting and animal fiestas.

As reported by the Human Society International in a press release on February 9, the parliament is expected to approve the proposal later this year. This will render the Balearic Islands – one of the most popular holiday destinations in all Europe – bullfighting free.

Joanna Swabe, the executive director of Humane Society International/Europe, welcomed this encouraging step.

“We applaud the Balearic Islands MPs for proving once again that these cruel and outdated spectacles should be relegated to the annals of history. It is high time to put a definitive end to bullfighting wherever it takes place,” she said.

HSI strongly encourages politicians of the Balearic Islands to follow-up this first step with a legislative proposal that would outlaw bullfighting and animal fiestas once and for all.  The Balearic Islands would then become the third Spanish autonomous community, after the Canary Islands and Catalonia, to ban bullfighting.

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