Spanish resort of San Sebastian to ban bullfights

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Spain’s bullfighter Eduardo Gallo performs with a Torrestrella ranch fighting bull during a bullfight in Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 24, 2013. AP/Andres Kudacki

MADRID  — The government of the Spanish city of San Sebastian has taken a first step in its long-announced bid to ban bullfighting in the popular seaside resort.

Ruling Basque nationalist party Bildu published new conditions for the hire of the publicly owned bullring, forbidding its use for animal cruelty through 2016.

The specifications approved by the city council Wednesday stipulate that companies bidding to run the bullring must promote a wide range of music, sports, artistic and cultural events, but they “expressly prohibit activities that involve any form of cruelty to animals.”

Mayor Juan Karlos Izagirre was elected to office in June 2011 and has since then maintained that bullfights at the covered Illunbe ring lose money.

The venue is often used for basketball games.

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  • just_the_guy

    This is very good news. I hope others follow suit.

    • Diepor

      I guess your against cockfights too?

      • just_the_guy

        Yes. And dog fights and horse racing. Anything which exploits animals to satisfy human vanity. Are you in favor of these?

      • Diepor

        I dont like bull and cockfights but I like horseraces, especially trot. I owned 1/8 of a good trot horse once but he is a pensionist now.

  • rlo

    Wow….I can understand cruelty against animals. But this is like tradition. Banning it is like the pussification of the world.

    • angie1875

      It has also been tradition to publicly kill convicts on death row, should we continue that? There are violent movies and video games anyway, why torture a living bull?

      • rlo

        I’m not averse to capital punishment either. Public executions can have a jarring effect on people with bad intent. This is as I said…the pussification of the world.

  • Horst Manure

    Wow such progress wonder why they took so long to grow up.

  • Billy Moreno

    those who are against cruelty to animals must NOT eat chicken, beef & fish. Otherwise fvck you HYPOCRITES. The mayor of San Sebastian is as stupid as the Basque Nationalist Party….very stupid mayor. We have them here in the Philippines too….very many…and they probably have Spanish Basques blood too.

    • angie1875

      Eating and slowly killing for fun are 2 different things.

      • rlo

        Have you seen wild animals toy with their kill before finally eating it. Don’t tell me we’re not animals…..because sometimes, I hear this argument from you’re kind of people that “we too are animals”.

      • Billy Moreno

        you also eat Pork? pigs are killed slowly. can you hear it cry so loud in pain? isn’t that cruel? but you eat pork so much.

  • speedstream2

    Ole!

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