Balearics attempts back-door ban on bullfights

Region passes law that prohibits killing or wounding the bulls during the event

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A national anti-bullfighting protest held in Madrid last year (Photo: EPA)

THE regional government of the Balearic Islands has approved new legislation covering bullfighting and animal cruelty. If finally passed into law, it will mean that bull fights can continue but that the animals will not be killed.

It will also limit the actions of bullfighters by outlawing the use of horses and sharp instruments. Spectators must be at least 18 years old, alcohol will be prohibited, and only three fights will be allowed at an event, each with a maximum duration of 10 minutes. The move is being seen as a “back door” attempt to make bullfighting unviable, forcing it to end altogether.

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