Va­len­cia bans run­ning of flam­ing bulls

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The south­ern Mediter­ranean city of Va­len­cia has banned a long-time tra­di­tion in which bulls are set loose on neigh­bour­hood streets with flam­ing balls of wax or fire­works af­fixed to their horns. Mayor Joan Ribo cited cru­elty to an­i­mals for the ban that was ap­proved on Fri­day. The city coun­cil also cut fund­ing for bull runs and bull­fight­ing schools, but did not move to ban bull­fight­ing. The ban comes a year af­ter Ribo and his al­liance, in­clud­ing the far-left Pode­mos party, took power and two days af­ter law­mak­ers in the cen­tral Castile and Leon re­gion pro­hib­ited spear­ing bulls to death at one of Spain’s gori­est spec­ta­cles held for cen­turies in the town of Torde­sil­las. Va­len­cia politi­cians with the con­ser­va­tive Pop­u­lar Party called the ban on flam­ing bulls a vi­o­la­tion of the city's cul­tural her­itage.

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