Last updated: 28 july, 2010 - 18:31 GMT

Catalan bullfighting ban provokes anger and division

Bullfight at Plaza Monumental bullring in Barcelona (photo: September 27, 2009)

Catalonia's regional parliament has voted to ban bullfighting; it is the first region on the Spanish mainland to do so.

It is a classic argument: traditionalists versus animal rights supporters.

But there is also a big political charge to it.

What began with a mass petition organised by animal rights groups is also being interpreted as a statement by Catalonia by those who support the region's independence from Madrid.

Victorino Martin owns a ranch outside Madrid breeding bulls.

He is also a bullfighter himself; and a vet.

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First broadcast 28 July 2010

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