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October 9, 2013

Spaniards lock horns over bullfighting protests

Spain's parliament passes measures protecting bullfighting, says broadcasts are appropriate for children.

Spanish bullfighter Antonio Ferrera plants two 'banderillas', sharp sticks, into his first bull of the evening on the occasion of the bullfight held for the Fall Fair at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, October 6, 2013. EPA/PACO CAMPOS

Bullfighting in Spain will continue to air during children's television programming, after a Spanish parliamentary committee rejected a proposal from left-wing opposition members. The proposal would have banned showing bullfights on national broadcaster Television Espanola (TVE) during viewing hours for children, between 6pm and 10pm.

The ban's defeat follows a vote by Spanish parliament to give bullfighting a protected cultural heritage status, after a petition in support of the measure received 600,000 signatures.
The decisions were criticised by many online and on the streets. A recent anti-bullfighting protest in Zaragoza drew large crowds.
Spaniards discussed by using hashtags #antitaurino and #SiALosToros.