By Humphrey Carter/Reuters

ANIMAL rights groups across the Balearics yesterday welcomed the news that Catalonia has taken the first step towards banning bull fighting.
Opposition to bull fighting in Majorca has grown substantially over the past few years and the Palma City Councillor for Social Welfare, Eberhard Grosske, has mooted the idea of holding a referendum over whether bull fights should be banned here in Palma.

Yesterday, Catalonia's regional parliament moved closer to outlawing the tradition after members voted by 67 to 59 (with five abstentions) to draw up a law calling for fighting bulls to be protected in the same way as other animals.


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