Last bullfight in Barcelona

Last July a law was passed by the regional government of Catalonia prohibiting bullfighting in Catalonia from 1st January 2012. Yesterday the last bullfight took place in Barcelona. Two of Spain’s most famous bull fighters José Tomás and Sebastián Marín opened the historic occasion which took place in Barcelona’s famous Monumental bull ring. It was an emotional occasion for those involved with some spectators holding up placards saying ‘we will go on’. Barcelona has a long history of bull fighting dating back centuries – the first ever documented bull fight took place in 1387. However, opponents to bullfighting, viewed by many as barbaric, celebrated the end of this long tradition in Spain’s second largest city.