Fans of bullfighting have tried to make their voices heard at a protest in Barcelona, as Spain’s Catalonia region looks set to ban the tradition.
The regional government is due to vote on the issue on Wednesday, and reports say those in favour of a ban have the numbers they need.
One bullfighting fan said: “In a country of freedom and democracy, which Spanish people are proud of, we’ve reached the situation where they want to ban something that’s legally authorised.”
If the law is passed, Catalonia will become the second Spanish region to ban bullfighting. The Canary Islands outlawed the practise a number of years ago.
Anti-bullfighting demonstrations have also been taking place in the lead-up to Wednesday’s vote.
One protester said: “To use our taxes to pay for that, to torture an animal, I think is abhorrent.”
It is a debate that has gone on for years, between those who claim the practise is barbaric and those who say it is a tradition that must be preserved.