- Spain's bullfighting tradition suffered a new setback Wednesday as the
senate rejected a proposal to declare bullfights a part of the country's
rejected the proposal presented by the main opposition conservative People's
Party (PP) with 129 votes against 117 and one abstention.
had inspired countless Spanish artists, PP representative Pio Garcia-Escudero
argued, describing the matador as an artist who had improvise and risk his
had the support of about 60 people representing the bullfighting industry,
including bullfighters and bull breeders, who came to follow the debate
at the senate.
Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party, however, said the
PP's proposal violated the authority of Spain's 17 semi-autonomous regions,
which were responsible for decisions concerning cultural heritage.
did not oppose bullfights, only the way the PP had formulated its proposal,
Socialist representative Roberto Lertxundi said.
regionalist party CiU, however, criticized bullfights, saying few people
took an interest in them and that they were unethical.
said it was considering court action against the decision taken by the north-eastern
region of Catalonia to ban bullfights in July.
was the first region in mainland Spain to adopt such a measure, which sparked
a nationwide debate about the future of bullfighting.
than 10,000 bulls are killed annually in Spanish bullfights.