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Bullfighting fans will shout 'Ole' for the last time in Barcelona's Monumental

I wonder if the impending ban on bullfighting in Catalonia is the beginning of the end for bullfighting in Spain.

As Reuters reports:

Every year fewer Spaniards go to the bullring. The number of bullfights shrank by 34 percent between 2007 and 2010 according to official figures. Barcelona's Las Arenas ring shut in the 1970s and is now a shopping mall.

"I don't know anyone my age who would go to a fight. It's not a Catalan tradition but an Andalusian or Extramadurian one. The fact that the bull is treated so badly even before the fight should override any tradition anyway," said Laia Gomez, 31, a Barcelona customer service worker.

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A general view of the La Monumental bullring on September 22 in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalonian parliament voted to ban fullfighting on July 28, 2010 and Sunday September 25 will be the last bullfight in Catalonia. )



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Bulls belonging to Spanish bull breeder Ricardo del Rio stand in a field at Guadalix de la Sierra, near Madrid, on Sept. 21.

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A bicycle tour group listens to their guide outside the Monumental Bullring, in Barcelona September 22.

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A worker puts up a poster by Balearic artist Miquel Barcelo, painted for his bullfighter friend Jose Tomas to mark the last bullfight in Catalonia, in Barcelona September 22.

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Vehicles travel past the Monumental Bullring in Barcelona September 22.