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dateline: 27 September 2011

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Last Bullfight In Catalonia

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ban: a law that disallows a certain substance or conduct
  • to take effect: to begin operating
  • matador: a person that fights and kills bulls in an arena
  • activist: a person who fights for major changes
  • black market: illegal business where people trade or sell items

Last Bullfight In Catalonia

Approximately 20,000 fans turned up for a bullfight in Barcelona on Sunday. This was the last bullfighting event of the season and likely the last one that will ever take place in La Monumental arena. A bullfighting ban takes effect on in Catalonia. After the sixth and final bull was killed, three of top matadors were carried out of the arena on the crowd’s shoulders. Many fans were protesting the ban outside the arena, while activists were celebrating their victory Bullfighting has not been banned in other Spanish regions, though animal rights activists hope to the ban across the country. Others call bullfighting a Spanish art form that ought to be protected. While attendance had declined in recent years, for the last show were sold on the black market for up to five times the price.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was this the last bullfight in Catalonia?
  2. What does the report say about the famous matadors?
  3. What hope do animal rights activists have?

Discussion Question: Despite 180,000 signatures from people who call bullfighting cruel, one fan compared closing the Barcelona arena to “throwing a Picasso painting into the garbage”. What do you think about this comparison?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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