Spanish party seeks to overturn Catalonia's recent ban on bullfighting
MADRID -- Recent legislation banning bullfighting in a region of Spain was challenged in court Thursday by a major political party.
Pio Garcia-Escudero, spokesman for the Popular Party, said the appeal to the Constitutional Court argues that legislators in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia violated several articles of the Spanish Constitution. They include the right to attend cultural events, artistic liberty and rights of bullfighting businesses in the area, he said.
Catalonia's parliament banned bullfighting in July because of its alleged cruelty to animals. The ban takes effect in 2012.
Speaking for his conservative opposition party, Garcia-Escudero said that although Spain's regional governments had control over bullfighting, they could not prohibit it.
The Constitutional Court can take months or years to make decisions.
Bullfights, and the bull runs that often precede them, have become the focus of debate since Catalonia became the second region to ban such fights, after the Canary Islands in 1991.
The Popular Party has campaigned for nationwide protection of bullfighting.
-- Associated Press
Photo: Bullfighter Jesus Millan performs during a bullfight at the El Pilar Fair in Zaragoza, Spain, on Oct. 12. Credit: Javier Cebollada / European Pressphoto Agency