Mallorca without blood

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MORE than 120,000 people have already signed a petition entitled, Mallorca Sense Sang, which aims to turn the Island into an anti-bullfighting region.
The Mallorca Sense Sang campaign, which translates to ‘Mallorca without blood,’ was launched one year ago by animal rights associations AnimaNaturalis and CAS International.
“We believe the end of bull-fights is near,” said organisers in a statement: “The campaign also gained support from cultural and political circles, with the signature of actors Carlos Bardem and Rossy de Palma.”
They added that 17 municipalities of the Island have been declared as ‘anti-bullfighting” by their Councils.
“It is the first time in the history of bull-fighting in Mallorca that this degree of support by population has been registered. We will not stop here,” read the statement.
“Being able to achieve this amount of signatures in only a year has been a very important step in our goal to turn Mallorca in a region free of bull-fighting and making possible that this season will be the last one in the Mallorcan territory,” explained the coordinator of the campaign, Guillermo Amengual.
Political parties MES per Palma, PSOE Palma, Som Palma and Guanyem Palma have already shown their support to this project, which has only encountered resistance from the PP conservative party and independent party Ciudadanos.
The petition can be found at the official website
The creators claim that even though an estimated amount of 70 per cent of the population is against bull-fighting, the Spanish Government reportedly spends more than €500 million every year to fund it and promote it.

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    • Frances Spicer

      23 May 2015 • 10:13

      Why can’t the politicians petition the government to stop the funding. The poor of Spain need and deserve help far more than assisting this inhumane slaughter.

    • Roberto

      23 May 2015 • 10:38

      Death of a Bullfighter

      The beast’s hide glistened like dark treacle
      on a summer toffee-apple
      in the furnace of the corrida.

      The torero was a preening peacock
      in the presence of a pure-bred, black leviathan
      who took advantage of his tormentor’s lack
      of concentration whilst acknowledging
      the adoration of an ecstatic following.

      Suddenly, without warning,
      the mere mortal hung from the bull’s horns,
      chest heaving like an old-time gold prospector,
      tears cleaving his cheeks, salt-rain washing
      embarrassment from the amphitheatre
      of his irredeemable shame.

      But the exquisite pain was inconsequential:
      his pride was snatched from his hands,
      the glory was detached from his heart,
      his face burning, a phoenix risen
      from an exhausted inferno,
      his future a mirror without reflection.

      And the terrible crowd bellowed at the death
      of the beast, the true beast,
      the real animal in this bloody debacle.

      (After Sangre y Arena by Blasco Ibanez)

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