130,000 signatures to ban bullfighting in Mallorca

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PALMA City Hall received 130,000 signatures supporting a bullfighting ban on Tuesday (July 28).
The signatures were collected by the Mallorca Sense Sang (Without Blood) campaign organised by animal welfare group Anima Naturalis and eventually aim to ban bullfighting throughout the Balearic Islands.
The next step will be to request the prohibition of bullfights in the Balearic Parliament.
Nineteen towns in Mallorca have already been declared anti-bullfighting and Palma plans to do so on Thursday.
The campaign has been backed by Palma City Hall’s ruling parties, the socialists PSOE, nationalists Mes and populists Som Palma.
Despite all this, it will still be possible to hold bullfights in the local bullring because the bullring has a regional licence and the ban must first be accepted by the Balearic Government. Then the current regional animal protection laws would have to be changed.
The company which manages the bullring doesn’t need to request a permit from the city hall to hold a bullfight, although it does for any other type of event.

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