Spanish Town Nixes Bullfighting

Emilio Cogliani

Textbooks over toros! A cash-strapped Spanish town is redirecting bullfighting funds to a program that provides books for local children.

Villafranca de los Caballeros, a small town an hour and a half’s drive from Madrid, has celebrated its annual summer festival with a traditional bullfightfor more than a decade. But this year the town plans to use its 18,000 euro (about $19,765) bullfighting budget to help families that can’t afford school supplies buybooks for their children, the Guardian reported.The majority socialist town council approved the proposal Thursday.

Mayor Julin Bolaos told The Huffington Post that despite the vote, his town isn’t opposed to bullfights, which draw the ire ofanimals rights activistsand can befatal for participants.?I am not anti-bullfighting, although I see bullfighting as a shameful spectacle. I don?t like to watch an animal being abused to death, but I am not…

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