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Last Catalan Bullfight To Take Place This Sunday

Thu 22th Sep 2011

The last Bullfight in the region of Catalonia will take place at Barcelona's Monumental bullring on Sunday before a law banning this cultural event, also dubbed by many as a 'sport', takes effect.

The regional government passed a law to ban the sport back in 2010 after thousands of Catalans signed a petition against it.

Catalonia remains the only region in Spain (other than the Canary Islands) to completely ban bullfighting, although many still believe that there is still the chance that the law may be reversed in the future.

Sundays' bullfight is expected to be a sell-out of all 20'000 seats.

National Politicians have now taken up the cause, with the right-wing Partido Popular contesting the ruling as being unconstitutional, and are believed to be supporting the Catalonian Bullfighting Federation with their petition to Congress.

The supporters, however, are thin on the ground as fewer and fewer Spaniards are now attending such an event. Spectators fell by some 34% between 2007 and 2010 according to official figures, and many buildings have closed and been redeveloped.

If the PP win the coming general elections in November, as is widely expected, they could overturn the ban and bullfighting could return to the region.

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