No more license permits for bullfighting events in the city San of Sebastian

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.

Responses to "San Sebastian refuses bullfighting from 2013 "

  1. Anonymous says:

    Finally, someone takes a stand against this gladiator type sport that abuses animals!!!!!

    This town will be more blessed because of this decision!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely one wonderful measure from this brave mayor, thanks millions Mr. Karlos and God bless your decision to protect innocent creatures from evil:-)

  3. Volkmar says:

    THANK YOU! If I were to visit Spain, San Sebastian would now be the first place I'd visit. Hope that others will eventually follow suit.

  4. finally ! thank you !

  5. Awesome!

  6. Anonymous says:

    A tradition going back centuries, and the meat is sold or given away at the local market afterward, halted not by the will of a nation but by the pressure from a small and well financed group with no concern for tradition.

  7. Alex Ekström-Norman says:

    Not one second to soon! Anyway, thanks to San Sebastian; you have showed your true humanity!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I cant believe , but why dont stop now?

  9. Anonymous says:

    It has been well documented scientifically that meat from animals that have been stressed out this traumatically contain excessive amounts of adrenaline and are tough and low quality you ignoramous (that means poorly informed or lacking ability to learn or just don't want to learn!)

  10. Sansraswed says:

    Tradion also condones slavery. I take it your a fan?

  11. Zak says:

    There is no place for legalised cruelty in any guise. Thank God this kind of barbarism is at last being stopped

  12. Anonymous says:

    Its about dam time someone takes action against this barbric butal event.

  13. uk woman says:

    What fantastic news...No more blood shed, no more suffering...Thank you! x

  14. Thank you for taking a stand for animals. Many of us all over the world are proud of you and thankful for your kindness.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    excelente noticia!!!!!o meu muito obrigado!!! ainda a pessoas com um bom coração Deus o ajude tanto como esta a ajudar os animais Obrigado.

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