Law to ban bullfighting in Catalunya, Spain


A ban on bullfighting in Catalonia was approved by the Catalan Parliament on 28 July 2010, following a petition (or Popular Legislative Initiative, PLI) organised by the PROU animal rights platform (Catalan for Enough!). The petition attracted 180,000 signatures (three times more than the number required to make a Parlamentarian petition). The parliamentary vote was 68 votes for and 55 against, with 9 abstentions. Catalonia became the second region in Spain to ban bullfighting after the Canary Islands did so in 1991. The ban came into force on 1 January 2012. Bullfights by matadors were banned in Catalonia at the end of 2011 but bull-dodging, in which bulls are not killed, remains lawful and contested by animal rights groups.

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Basic Data
NameLaw to ban bullfighting in Catalunya, Spain
SiteCatalunya (region)
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biodiversity conservation conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Other
Specific CommoditiesBulls Entertaiment
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Type of PopulationUrban
Relevant government actorsCatalan Government
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersPlataforma PROU, Anima Naturalis, Igualdad Animal, Ecologistas en Acción, Greenpeace, Partido Animalista (PACMA), World Society for the Protection of Animals
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
- animal rights activists
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
- Popular Legislative Initiative
Other- ethical considerations for the suffering of the bulls while the public killing takes place.
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Other- impact on pedagogical values. A society which reproduces itself based on torturing animals for entertainment does not promote values related to respect, care and non-instrumental use of the non-human animals and nature in general.
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseNew legislation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.Animal rights groups, with a huge support of the rest of society, have managed to promote the ban of bullfighting in Catalonia after centuries of existence.
Sources and Materials

animales, aprobado por el Decreto legislativo 2/2008:
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Ley 28/2010, de 3 de agosto, de modificación

del artículo 6 del texto refundido de la Ley de protección de los


Article: Mulà, A. (2010) La abolición de las corridas de toros en Cataluña. Revista de Bioética y Derecho.
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Anima Naturalis
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Igualdad Animal:
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Vikipèdia. Abolició de les curses de braus a Catalunya: ó_de_les_curses_de_braus_a_Catalunya
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Newspaper article: (28/07/2010) . Cataluña prohíbe los toros. El Pais:
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Newspaper press: Tozer, A (21/09/2011) Bullfighting to end in Spains Catalonia, for now. Reuters:
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Newspaper article: Geli, C. (4/3/2010). La corrida ya no es la Fiesta Nacional de España, ahora es patrimonio mundial. El Pais:
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Article: Vida (6/3/2010) Un catedrático de Derecho considera la lidia de toros jurídicamente inadmisible. La Vanguardia:
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Partido Animalista

Media Links

Very good speach from Javier Lucas, catedrático de filosofía del Derecho:
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Meta Information
ContributorAmaranta Herrero
Last update08/04/2014