THE LEADER of leftist party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, has proposed a national referendum should be held so the Spanish population can decide if bullfighting has a place in Spain’s future.
In an interview with Spanish TV channel Telecinco, Iglesias admitted it would be impossible to ban the Spanish tradition “by decree”, but offered that “it would be good to ask people”
Iglesias suggested he would like to “democratise” the debate on bullfighting, this could take place in the form of a referendum.
The Podemos leader said he would advocate: “asking citizens in their villages or in certain territories or, why not, a day in Spain, if the majority wants bulls or does not want them.”
Bullfighting in Spain is a tradition which splits opinion. This summer there has been several controversial incidents involving the animals.
Last week a bull was shot dead after breaking free and injuring spectators during a bull running event in Cuenca.
However, there is no confirmation that Iglesias’ proposed referendum would extend to bull events based outside of the bullring.