In 2010, Cataluña announced its intention to ban bullfighting in the region, describing it as ‘incompatible with Catalan tradition’, and the ban came into effect in January 2012. Now, in October 2016, the Spanish Constitutional Court has overturned the ban on the grounds that bullfighting is part of ‘Spanish heritage’ and therefore can only be banned by the central government.

The current (caretaker) Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, apparently considers bullfighting to be ‘an ancient art form’.

Bullfighting was also banned n the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands as well as in many municipalities, but no doubt this will now change.