Catalonia Bans Bullfighting

It's been a tradition in Spain since Roman times, but lawmakers in the Catalonia region voted Wednesday to ban bullfighting. Animal-rights activists were behind the campaign. Those who wanted to keep bullfighting say they want to keep Spain's cultural identity.

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It's been a tradition in Spain since Roman times, but today lawmakers in the region of Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, voted to ban bullfighting. Animal-rights activists were behind the campaign. Those who wanted to keep bullfighting in Catalonia say they wanted to keep Spain's cultural identity. Even without the ban, bullfighting was on the wane. Barcelona has only one ring. The other is being turned into a shopping mall.

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