It's the end of "death in the afternoon"... at least in Catalonia. The last bullfighting event ever to be held in Barcelona - the capital of Spain's Catalonia region - took place on Sunday night. A ban on bullfighting in the Catalonia region will go into effect on January 1st, and yesterday was the final event of the season.
Animal rights activists celebrated the ban outside La Monumental, the stadium where the event was held, although they wore black to symbolize the fact that bullfighting is still legal in other parts of Spain. Meanwhile, some commentators believe the ban has as much to do with distinguishing Catalonia from the rest of Spain and its traditions as it does with concern for the animals. Many Catalans reject the bull as a symbol of Spain, and wish to distance Catalonia from the Spanish habit of referring to the corrida (bullfighting) as the "national fiesta".
Bullfighting fans also protested outside La Monumental arena after the fight, carrying signs reading "R.I.P." One fan told the AFP news agency, "for a city like Barcelona to close this arena is like throwing a Picasso painting into the garbage." Still, the crowds at La Monumental had been dwindling for some time, which is apparently one reason parliament approved the ban.
All this got us thinking: with all these job reductions in the bullfighting industry, what are the out-of-work toreadors going to do? Below, some suggestions:
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