NO MORE BULL - THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN
But it was a close call, says Pedreguer council
JUST nine votes against bull spectacles involving fire and dark corners means Pedreguer will now scrub these from its annual fiesta calendar.
Results are now through for the recent referendum over whether to ban or keep the
bous embolats, where lighted rags are tied to bulls' horns before they are set loose in the street, and bous encaixonats, which involves the animals being trapped in tightly-enclosed, unlit spaces whilst spectators torment them.
A total of 2,571 residents voted – 40% of adults on the census aged 16 or over – of whom 1,281 wanted the bous 'festivals' to continue.
Another 1,290 called for a ban.
With 50.18% against and 49.82% in favour, the result is even closer than that of the Brexit referendum.
Pedreguer's bull-runs are among the region's most famous, but the traditional bous
al carrer, where the animals charge down an empty street, was not on the ballot paper as the council wants it to continue.
But the vote to ban the versions which cause most distress and suffering reflects an historic change for the Marina Alta.
Pedreguer is the first town in the district to put the matter to public vote, despite being considered a bull-run Mecca.
Ondara, Benitachell, Gata and Jávea have already scrapped bous encaixonats and
embolats without consultation.