The city of San Sebastian, under the nationalist Bildu mayor Juan Karlos Izagirre, has announced that it will refuse all license permits for bullfighting events in the city as from next year.
The nationalist group Bildu has said, and Juan Karlos (note the K) agrees, that it is 100% anti-bullfighting and looks forwards to the day that it is finally dropped across Spain, and that next years “la Semana Grande” of San Sebastian will be, for the first time ever, animal free.
Although the townhall can’t ban bullfighting, it can refuse to issue public licenses to any companies that want to put one on. Also, since all the bullfighting venues in town happen to be public buildings, the townhall says that it is exploring options to refurbish and reuse these venues for other sports, respecting, it added quickly, the historic and traditional values of the buildings.
It’s rumoured that the Illumbe, the famous bullfighting ring in the town, may be refurbished as a basketball court and used as the new stadium for the Gipuzkoa Basket Club (GBC), who already uses the building when there isn’t a bullfight on.