Thanks to a citizens’ advocacy campaign, Catalonia is now one important step closer to becoming an anti-bullfighting region. The “Prou” (“Enough” in English) campaign, led by Spanish citizens and supported by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), scored a victory on December 18 when local politicians approved a debate on changes to the region’s Animal Protection Law that currently protects all animals except the bulls and horses used in bullfights.
The Prou campaign led a Popular Legislative Initiative (PLI) in favor of a ban on bullfights in Catalonia and collected 180,000 signatures from Catalonian citizens who had “had enough” of the parliament’s refusal to acknowledge their wish for a ban, over three times the required number to force a vote in the regional parliament.
Local politicians will now debate on changes to the Animal Protection Law during the first half of this year. Future votes would effectively results in the enforcement of a ban on cruel and inhumane bullfighting.
WSPA collected signatures of over 85,000 concerned citizens from over 140 countries, to support Prou. With this added encouragement from the international community, WSPA hopes members of Catalonia’s Congress will feel confident in boldly speaking out against the cruelty displayed in bullfights in upcoming votes.
An end in sight…
Changes to existing Animal Protection Law in Catalonia would not only lead to 100 less bulls being inhumanely slaughtered every year, it could also lead the way for the rest of Spain and other bullfighting countries to embrace culture without cruelty.
The anti-bullfighting movement is experiencing growing support throughout the world, with a surge of towns and regions across Europe and Latin America declaring themselves “anti-bullfighting” in the last two years.
What you can do as a Compassionate tourist…
Annually, more than 250,000 bulls and hundreds of horses are maimed and/or killed during traditional bullfights and similar events in Europe and Latin America. While many locals boycott these practices, as in the case of Catalonia, it is tourist demand that is keeping bulls at the center of the ring, but compassionate travelers can be powerful agents of change. Tourists traveling to Spain or Latin America should boycott festivals and activities where bulls are taunted and killed for the sake of entertainment. By refusing to pay for a ticket, you are voting to end the cruel practice.
To learn more about what you can do to help animals, visit WSPA’s Compassionate Travel website.