Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia held its final bullfight last weekend, after voting in 2010 to ban the practice. Since the end of the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Catalan nationalists have sought to cast off all things Castilian – referring to Spain’s heartland.
While relatively few Spaniards are real aficionados of bullfighting, many more see it as a national tradition and don’t want it banned.
Attendance at bullfights is down nationwide – from 2,622 in 2007 to 1,724 in 2010, a drop of about one-third.
“Bullfighting has fallen off as the economy has collapsed,” according to Ionela Olteanu, a tour guide at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. “It’s an expensive hobby. People can’t afford the tickets, and they can’t afford the bulls.”
Source: NPR, September 18