Members of Som Palma protest outside the bull ring in Palma.


The island wide movement to ban bull fighting in Majorca is continuing to gather momentum and could become a political issue at the local elections.The Mallorca Sense Sang (Majorca without blood) made history over  the weekend when the number of people to have signed its petition to ban bull fighting in Majorca reached 100,000.
A special protest was held outside the bull ring in Palma yesterday to celebrate what the body claims is a historic milestone.
So far, 17 municipalities in Majorca have banned bull fighting but in Palma, the Partido Popular Council has refused to follow suit claiming that bull fighting is part of the country’s natural heritage.
However, the campaign has not only gathered more support from the world of culture, but political parties are now taking up the challenge and bull fighting could, become a political issues at the forthcoming local elections next month.
Yesterday, the party Som Palma (We are Palma) which is lead by Miguel Comas, became the latest political movement to throw its weight behind the campaign.
That now means that in Palma, there are three political patties in favour of the ban, Som Palma, MESand the PSOE socialist party. “Every day, the number of people who want a city free of animal abuse is growing,” said Guillermo Amengual, the coordinator of the anti bull fighting campaign.
The organisation’s next targets are Palma, Inca, Alcudia, Muro, Felanitx, Manacor, Ciutadella and Ibiza which still permit bull fights to be held in their municipalities. “Let’s see if over the next 34 days, the PP decide to defend animal rights,” Amengual said.


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