In a few hours the Catalonian parliament will hold an historic vote on whether or not to ban bullfighting. It is the result of a popular initiative signed by 180,000 people calling for a vote. If passed it will be only the second Spanish region to outlaw bullfighting, after the Canary Islands in 1991.
“This is a way of mistreating them before it’s their time to die. So I think it is a good thing, naturally. I’m from here, I’m Catalan, but I don’t agree with bullfighting,” said one woman.
“This subject has been highly politicised in Catalonia. You have to give it its right value. The fact that a man can confront a bull and create art. The value of our national festival relies on that,” was a matador’s opinion.
The activists who are pushing for the ban say that if successful they will extend their campaign to the rest of the country. It is thought there is a narrow majority supporting the ban in parliament.