BULLFIGHTING could become a thing of the past in one of its traditional heartlands after San Sebastian took the first step to ban the age-old tradition.
The ruling Basque nationalist party Bildu will refuse all licence applications for bullfights in the city from next year.
New conditions for hire of the city’s publicly-owned bullring stipulate that it ‘cannot be used for events involving animal cruelty’.
The city insists that the ring be used to promote a range of music, sports, artistic and cultural events, but “expressly prohibit activities that involve any form of cruelty to animals”.
The city has a long tradition of bullfighting and nearby Pamplona has the world’s most famous bull run and a celebrated passion for the art.