NO MORE BULL - THE PEO­PLE HAVE SPO­KEN

But it was a close call, says Pe­dreguer coun­cil

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­news.es

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.

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