12 May '11, 9am

Ecuador Votes on Bullfighting Ban:

Ecuador Votes on Bullfighting Ban:

People in Ecuador hit the polls on May 7 to vote on a number of constitutional reforms proposed by President Rafael Correa, one of which was a proposed ban on bullfighting. The alleged sport, where bulls are taunted before they are brutally killed by lance or barbed spear, is a 500-year-old tradition and considered by many to represent Ecuador's cultural heritage. Matadors and others opposed to the ban are arguing that it is an attack on the freedom of expression and culture that would put approximately 30,000 people out of work. The ban will still allow for bullfighting, as long as the bulls are not killed at the end, which has others worried that the sport will collapse entirely. Killing of the bull was banned in 2004 in the city of Cuenca. Since then, bullfighting has almost vanished, according to the Irish Times . Supporters of the ban, who seem to be winning, see bull...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/ecuador-v...

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