- Title: Spain's Balearic Islands vote to outlaw killing bulls at fights
- Date: 24th July 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (FILE) (REUTERS) ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN MADRID'S CENTRAL PUERTA DEL SOL CHANTING (Spanish) "MURDER IS NOT TRADITION" VARIOUS OF ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS CHANTING (Spanish) "ABOLISH BULLFIGHTING" BANNER READING (Spanish) "ABOLISH BULLFIGHTS NOW" PLACARD WITH PICTURE OF A BULL WITH THE WORLD READING (Spanish) "ALIVE" PLACARD WITH A PICTURE OF A BLOODY BULL WITH WORD "SPAIN" ON IT VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING UP BLACK HANDKERCHIEFS AND CHANTING (Spanish) "TORTURE IS NOT TRADITION, IT IS MURDER"
- Embargoed: 7th August 2017 16:44
- Keywords: bullfighting ban Balearic islands bulls animal rights bullights bull fight ban
- Location: MALLORCA AND MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MALLORCA AND MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA0046R2V9L3
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Spain's Balearic Islands on Monday (July 24) banned matadors from killing bulls in the ring, becoming one of several Spanish regions to move towards criminalising the centuries-old blood sport.
The bill adopted in the Balearics parliament prohibits a bull's death in the ring and makes it illegal for the animals to endure physical or psychological damage. Bullfights will be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes, a parliament spokesman said.
Traditionally, every bullfight in Spain involves six specially-bred animals pitted against matadors for 20-30 minutes. At that point, matadors try to drive a sword between the bulls' shoulder blades and through the heart.
Under the new rules in the Balearics, the bull will be submitted for a medical check-up after the fight and then returned to the ranch from where it was raised.
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