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February 9, 2016

Spain’s Balearic Islands Move One Step Closer to Banning Bullfighting

Humane Society International

  • Fernando Alonso Herrero

The Parliament of the Balearic Islands voted in favour of a proposal to initiate a ban on bullfighting and animal fiestas in the autonomous community.

Dr Joanna Swabe, executive director of Humane Society International/Europe, welcomed this encouraging step: “We applaud the Balearic Islands MPs for proving once again that these cruel and outdated spectacles should be relegated to the annals of history. It is high time to put a definitive end to bullfighting wherever it takes place.”

Bullfighting: How You Can Help.

The Motion for a Resolution 6790/15 presented by the Parliamentary Groups Podem Illes Balears, Socialista, MÉS per Mallorca, MÉS per Menorca and Mixt (Gent x Formentera) intends to revise the Animal Protection Law 1/1992 of the Balearic Islands to prohibit all types of fiestas involving bulls and the use of public funds to subsidise bullfights.

HSI strongly encourages politicians of the Balearic Islands to follow-up this first step with a legislative proposal that would outlaw bullfighting and animal fiestas once and for all.  The Balearic Islands would then become the third Spanish autonomous community, after the Canary Islands and Catalonia, to ban bullfighting.

Following today’s vote, a legislative proposal needs to be presented to modify the Animal Protection Law 1/1992 by including a bullfighting and bull fiesta ban. It is foreseen that the Parliament will vote to approve the proposal later this year, which would render the Balearic Islands bullfighting free.


  • More than 30 towns located in the Balearic Islands have already voiced their opposition to the barbaric practice that is bullfighting.
  • Humane Society International supports the Mallorca Without Blood initiative, led by AnimaNaturalis and CAS International, which aims to end bullfighting in the Balearic Islands.

Media Contacts:

US: Raul Arce-Contreras, +1 301.721.6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org
UK: Wendy Higgins, +44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org

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