Bull fighting in Barcelona may be all but over, despite being second only to Madrid and Seville for the number of bullfights it hosts yearly, and sell-out crowds at its Plaza de Toros Monumental bullring. The Catalan parliament is shortly to vote on banning bullfighting and, according to The Observer, more than 180,000 signatures have been collected supporting the ban, while major leftwing and green parties have also lent their weight to it.
However, the end of bullfighting has been linked to politics rather than animal rights issues by many of those who support it. Talking to The Observer, British writer and broadcaster Robert Elms said,
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