Demonstrators have been making their point outside Barcelona’s Monumental Bull Ring over what goes on inside the arena after legislators last week moved to ban bullfighting.
Many of those objecting claim not to be pro the killing of bulls for sport, but more angry that Catalonia’s regional government has interfered with their right to chose.
“ I’ve never been to a bullfight. But I’m against bans. I don’t want bullfights to be banned here in Catalonian where I was born,” said local Carlos Torras:
The law which comes into force in 18 months was approved after a campaign by animal rights activists.
Catalonia, which prides itself on its own distinct identity has become Spain’s first major region to prohibit the spectacle.
Animal rights activist, Lluis Villacorta, warned: “This will not end until January 2012. That is why we are here, until the last bullfight.”
According to a poll commissioned by a major newspaper, most Spaniards do not like bullfighting and over 58 per cent of those asked believe the Catalan ban is more of a rejection of a Spanish tradition rather than a desire to protect animal rights.