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Dénia (Spain) halves events during notorious bull festival

An important step has been taken towards improving animal welfare in Spain. In Dénia, Valencia, the afternoon sessions of the cruel bull festival Bous a la Mar (bull to water) will be stopped. Fewer bulls are used during the ‘Festa Major’, of which Bous a la Mar is a part, and the municipality is taking…

Spain stops main prize for bullfighting

Spain will stop awarding the main prize for the country’s best bullfighter. According to the Ministry of Culture, the prize does not fit the ‘new social and cultural reality’. The prize for the best bullfighter involves a check worth as much as 30.000 euros. Eliminate prize Spain is going to eliminate the top prize for…

CAS at presentation of citizens’ initiative in Valencia

In February, the Spanish Congress gave green light to start collecting signatures for the citizens’ initiative that aims to repeal the law declaring bullfighting as cultural heritage. And that means the process of collecting signatures has begun! In March, the citizens’ initiative was officially presented in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. And in the coming weeks…

Protest in city of Valencia against bullfighting

On March 10, CAS International and AnimaNaturalis protested against the bullfights in the Spanish city of Valencia. These are held during Fallas, a traditional feast held annually in Valencia. The protest took place in front of the Valencia City Hall. Activists held large boards depicting the heads of bulls and horses, symbolizing the victims of…

Interview about International Anti-Bullfighting Network

At the end of November, we were in Spain due to our international summit against bullfighting. We were then interviewed by the Spanish information channel Animales con Derechos (Animals with Rights) about the International Against-Bullfighting Network and our annual summit. CAS and the Portuguese organization ANIMAL were interviewed as (co)founders of the network. Among other…

Citizens’ initiative to revoke cultural heritage status of bullfighting

In January, several organizations and other social representatives registered a citizens’ initiative at the Congress of Deputies in Spain. The aim is to repeal the law declaring bullfighting as cultural heritage. Because of this law, bullfighting cannot be banned in Spain. Spanish states and municipalities, due to its status as cultural heritage, are not able…

CAS International files a complaint with the European Commission about the killing of fighting bulls

CAS International has made a complaint with the European Commission about Spanish regulations that consider the killing of bulls in the bullring, at bull festivals and at bullfighting schools as emergency slaughter. The Spanish regulations are an incorrect implementation of EU rules, allowing the bullfighting sector to abuse rules intended for production animals and in…

Spanish animal welfare law enters into force

On Friday 29 September, Spain’s first national animal protection law will enter into force. On 16 March last, the law was passed by the Spanish Congress. The law is an important step for Spain. Many animals will benefit from the law, but bulls from bullfighting and hunting dogs are exempt from protection under the law….

CAS presents results of investigation of cruel bull fiestas

During three years, CAS International and AnimaNaturalis conducted the largest research ever on cruel bull fiestas in Spain. At least 42 million of public money is spent annually by 1820 municipalities to hold bull festivals. In total, nearly 18,000 popular festivals involving bulls, cows and calves take place every year. 22% Spanish municipalities The research…

Summer full of animal suffering during Spanish fiestas

During the summer months, most bull fiestas take place in Spain. For the used bulls, cows and calves, this means an exhausting summer full of stress and suffering. For example, a bull drowned in the sea during a bull festival in Dénia. In Morella, a bull collided with a wooden installation and then became unconscious….