Balearic Islands ban bullfighting and bull-running, all public subsidies for festivals involving bulls halted

Activists of anti-bullfighting Mallorca Sense Sang ("Mallorca without Blood") movement. Photo: Diario de Mallorca

• PSOE-led ‘Pacto’ amends legislation over objections of PP, Ciudadanos •

The parliament of the Balearic Islands on Tuesday passed an amendment to the region’s 1992 animal protection legislation to prohibit and end all government subsidies for bullfighting and bull-running events in Spain’s Mediterranean islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

The initiative was presented by the parties forming the Balearics’ current governing coalition, or Pacto, which is presided over by the Socialist (PSOE) President Francina Armengol, with support from Podemos and the MES eco-socialist coalition on Mallorca and Menorca.

The ban on bullfighting and bull-running festivals, following months of activism in the Balearics by the Mallorca Sense Sang (“Mallorca without Blood”) movement, was passed by a majority vote of the regional parliament over the objections of Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos legislators, who argue that the festivals involving bulls should be supported as part of the “culture” of the Balearic Islands.

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