Huffington Post. Spain Bullfighting Ban May Be Knocked Down 12.02.2013
Spain Bullfighting Ban May Be Knocked Down
MADRID — Spain took a key first step Tuesday toward enshrining bullfighting as a key part of the nation’s cultural heritage, a move that could roll back a ban on the on the blood-soaked pageants in the northeastern region of Catalonia.
Lawmakers in Parliament accepted a petition from bullfight supporters asking for the special status in a 180-40 vote that included 107 abstentions.
A parliamentary cultural commission will now begin work on proposed legislation over the coming months with expectations that it will go to a vote this year. In theory, a new law giving bullfights the protection would take precedence over regional government laws and could be used to overturn the Catalonia ban that went into effect last year.
The petition, promoted by the Federation of Bullfighting Entities of Catalonia following the ban, received 590,000 signatures of support – included among them those of now Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Nobel winning author Mario Vargas Llosa.
Popular initiatives need 500,000 signatures to be considered by Parliament.
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