Factbox: Bullfights banned in Spain's Catalonia

Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:27am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Catalonia region of Spain has held its last ever bullfight.

Catalonia has had an active animal rights movement with anti-bullfighting politicians trying to get the spectacle banned and last year the regional legislature banned the centuries-old tradition.

Here are some details about bullfighting:


-- The animals are stabbed multiple times before being killed in front of an audience. Thousands of bulls are killed every year.

-- With attendance at an all-time low - the number of bullfights shrank by 34 percent between 2007 and 2010 according to official figures - bullfighting is on the decline. But it still takes place in countries other than Spain. It is popular in Portugal and southern France, and also takes place in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Mexico. In some countries it is illegal to kill the bull in the ring.


-- Bullfighting is very closely associated with Spain and its origins can be traced back to 711 A.D., when the first bullfight took place as part of the celebrations surrounding the crowning of King Alfonso VIII.

-- Bullfighting was originally a sport for the aristocracy and took place on horseback. King Felipe V took exception to the sport however and banned the aristocracy from taking part, believing it to be a bad example to the public.   Continued...