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Bullfighting Banned In Spanish Province

Anti-bullfighting activists protest outside a Barcelona bullfighting ring on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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Lawmakers in Catalonia, Spain, have voted to outlaw bullfighting, starting in 2012. Opponents denounced the longtime Spanish custom as cruel, while supporters insisted ending it will damage Spanish culture. The vote may be more about politics than bullfighting, since the Catalonian region has only one bullring and about 15 bullfights a year.  Some Catalonians are calling for even greater independence from Spain and say the bullfighting ban shows they're willing to break from Spanish tradition.