Today the city of Paterna, in Valencia, held a referendum on whether or not to allow to continuation of bullfighting and the traditional “corrida” held there every year.
68% said NO.
Despite the fact that ony 15% of the community voted, the mayor agreed to abide by the results of the referendum, and there will no longer be any “blood sports” celebrated in Paterna as from now.
8305 people voted, 2554 voting yes and 5569 voted no. A further 92 people (about 1%) said they had no interest on whether or not it continued. The referendum was held by the town hall and is legally binding.
The Valencian bullfighting society (la Federación de Bous al Carrer de la Comunitat Valenciana) accused the mayor of hiding a political decision behind a doubtful referendum, and claims the low turnout showed that the YES vote did everything possible to prevent the issue from becoming public before the vote.