Sunday, January 07, 2007

Bullfighting dying out

The national traditional of bullfighting in Spain is dying out, young people have lost interest and the animal rights campaigners are starting to influence the authorities. Bullfighting has been a big industry in Spain employing 200,000 people from the bull breeders to the bullfighters assistants and the turnover is around 1.5 billion euros. Around 12000 bulls are killed each year around Spain, and the bullfighters are compared to film stars in their celebrity status. The typical bullfighting public now consists of elderly men, and around 72% of Spaniards have no interest in bullfighting. Catalonia is the only Spanish region to reduce bullfights, where Barcelona and 20 other municipalities have declared themselves anti bullfight.

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