Thursday, 29 July 2010

A small victory for sanity

So bull fighting has stopped in Catalonia. It may have been part of Spanish culture for centuries but barbaric blood sports have no place in the 21st century. They have no place in any century but we may think of ourselves as more civilised than our forefathers.

These moves are bound to put more pressure on other areas of Spain to ban bullfighting but the vote was not that convincing with 68 voting for the ban and 55 against. It seems likely that we will have to live with bullfighting for some years to come.

Rome wasn't built in a day and Catalonia is only one of seventeen autonomous areas of Spain, however not too far away is Pamplona where they think it is fun to allow bulls to get excited, run with people in the streets and gore a few of them. Today's news is a small victory for sanity but we have a long way to go.

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