Is bullfighting legal in Mallorca

New bullfighting law: bulls are no longer allowed to be killed

The regional parliament of the Balearic Islands passed a law this week that forbids injuring or even killing animals in a bullfight. Only three bulls are allowed to be chased through the arena for 10 minutes each. However, the torero may not use a sharp object that could challenge or injure the bull. The Balearic Islands include, for example, the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.

In addition, children and young people who have not yet reached the age of 18 are no longer allowed to watch bullfights. The sale of alcohol was also banned. The bull run in Fornalutx should also be stopped and no longer take place in the previous form. So the participants are no longer allowed to rush the bull tied to a rope through narrow streets. The animal should be allowed to move freely on an area.

The bullfight as an “intangible cultural asset”?

While the socialists of the PSIB, the left-ecological regional party Més and the left-wing Podemos party spoke out in favor of the law, there was headwind from the opposition (including the conservative People's Party (PP), of which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is a member). They are of the opinion that this regulation violates a Spanish law, since the bullfighting is "an intangible cultural asset". For this reason, a complete ban on bullfighting in the Catalonia region was lifted last year by the Spanish Constitutional Court. Only in the Canary Islands is bullfighting completely prohibited.

Bullfighting is a tradition in Spain. Around six million people fill the arenas every year. However, more and more people speak out against it. The number of bullfights has decreased over time. While in 2012 there were still 475 bullfights, in 2016 it was “only” 386.