San Sebastian refuses bullfighting from 2013

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.

PSE/EE (the local PSOE) and the PP both voted against the measure, and the PNV (the other nationalist party up there) says it is not against bullfighting.

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.

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38 Replies to “San Sebastian refuses bullfighting from 2013”

  1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Wonderful news that I am sharing on Facebook.:)

  2. Parabéns ao prefeito Juan Karlos Izagirre que teve a coragem de enfrentar este assunto como um verdadeiro homem e acabou com esta bestialidade… Saiba que o senhor ganhou o respeito de milhares de pessoas no mundo todo! Isto sim é ser um respresentante legítimo do povo!

  3. Wow! Praise God and the people here who are against exploiting his creation of sacred beings! We love you and admire your stand!!!

  4. genialll! un No ala CRUELDAD! un SI al RESPETO a TODAS LAS FORMAS DE VIDA! ARRIBA DONOSTI! ARRIBA MAYOR JUAN KARLOS IZAGUIRRE! UNA FELICITACION, AGRADECIMIENTO, Y RESPETO DESDE MEX, ARG AND ITALY……..

  5. Nilda Alvarez Dall’Agnollett · DRA EN FONIATRIA at Centro De Foniatria
    genial!!!!!….. un No a la CRUELDAD!!! un SI al RESPETO a TODAS LAS FORMAS DE VIDA!!!!!……. ARRIBA DONOSTI!!! ARRIBA MAYOR JUAN KARLOS IZAGUIRRE!!!ADEMAS UNA FELICITACION, AGRADECIMIENTO, Y RESPETO DESDE MEX, ARG AND ITALY……..

  6. Thanks for having the courage to stand against these disgusting spectacles, and entering the world of compassion for animals.

  7. thanks for having the courage to stand against these disgusting spectacles and entering the world of compassion for animals.

  8. Bravo! The right thing to do. People can entertain themselves with other stuff.

  9. PORQUÊ ESPERAR ATÉ 2013? MAS EM TODO O CASO PARABÉNS E QUE POSSAM ACABAR COM TODAS AS CRUELDADES CONTRA TODOS OS ANIMAIS EM ESPANHA TAIS COMO A MATANÇA DOS GALGOS , AFOGAMENTO DE PATOS , O ARRANCAR DAS CABEÇAS DE GANÇOS , O TOURO DE VEIGA , ETC , ETC PORQUE ESPANHA É UM PAIS CHEIO DE CRUELDADES CONTRA A ANIMAIS!

  10. Sim ,mas o mesmo Juan Karlos Izagirre foi assistir à tourada em Bilbao esta semana!!Só quer ficar bem visto,é?Ou adora as touradas ou nao adora!

  11. Thank God, some enlightenment at last. Well done to all those brave enough to make this great moment happen. And it won’t lose you any tourism – I have refused to visit Spain for many years because of the animal cruelty there.Now sort your slaughter houses out, stop throwing goats off towers, running bulls and shooting birds on migration paths.

  12. Out of 34 replies, 27 are from women who obviously are protesting with their vision of animals being cute cuddly things with big eyes. Get real ladies, we are talking about dangerous beasts with horns for killing anything that gets in their way. Leave the men to fight as they have been doing for hundreds of years.

  13. Soooo glad this cruel sport has been banned…..I salute you, Mr Mayor for taking that step!!!!!

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