Anti-bullfight activists strip outside Spain's Guggenheim

21st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Dozens of activists stripped naked Saturday in front of the Guggenheim museum in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao to protest against the bullfighting season which starts next week.

Around 150 animal rights demonstrators with painted bodies formed the image of a bloodied bull, accompanied by the slogan: "Abolish bullfighting, for the rights of animals."

The protest, organised by several rights organisations, took place three weeks after the Catalonian parliament's historic decision to abolish bullfighting from 2012.

Catalonia was the first part of mainland Spain to ban to centuries-old tradition, which was outlawed on the Canary Islands in 1991.

The Equanimal Foundation, who participated in the protest, said in a statement that Catalonia's decision encouraged them to "increase efforts to spread the abolishment across the whole country."

"A society with ethical concerns cannot allow the existence of deeply immoral spectacles like bullfighting," it added.

Last Thursday, a bull attacked seated spectators in an arena in Navarre, injuring 30 spectators and seriously wounding a 10-year-old boy.

A poll in the El Pais newspaper this month showed that 60 percent of Spaniards do not care for bullfighting, but nearly as many -- 57 percent -- oppose its banning in Catalonia.

© 2010 AFP

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