Parliament will decide today whether or not to ban bull-fighting (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). After six months of heated debate between abolitionists and defenders of bullfighting, Prou (Enough in Catalan) the animal activist group who launched the process, will find out today if they have been successful. The debate has become increasingly controversial with political parties being accused of highjacking the discussions to further the pro-national cause. Both the CiU and PSC parties have been given a free vote, and the two parties are seen as key to the bill being passed. If the law is passed then the ban will come into effect in January 2012.
Barcelona residents continue to consume less water (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). According to the annual report published by the Entidad de Medio Ambiente (EMA) and covering the metropolitan area of Barcelona, the daily consumption of water has decreased to 108,4 litres per person, 24 less than a decade ago. The report also reveals that the amount of waste collected in the various municipalities in the city has also decreased to 1,38 kilos per person, the biggest decrease in eight years. However despite the optimistic figures, the numbers of those citizens collecting organic waste (that collected in brown containers) are still low, with only 33 percent of people using this system.
The family of the 14 year old girl who died on Saturday at the Tibidabo fun park has issued a statement expressing their disappointment over the low quality of care they have received (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The family feel that they have received inadequate care from the heads of the park, the Administración and the press. In the statement they said "We want to stress that no member of the Administration has contacted us directly to explain the measures taken (To investigate the causes of the weekend and find those responsible)." The family also denounces the "lack of sensitivity" from the municipal authorities and state that despite public statements, they have never received a call of condolence.
Public and private theatres in Barcelona have joined together and launched a new dance festival (read full article in Castilian here, El Pais). From mid-August, Danselona, will take place across various venues, starting at the Fiestas de Gràcia and ending at the Fiestas de la Mercè. The Mercat de les Flors theatre and Focus Theatre Company have collaborated with 13 other theatres in the Catalan capital to bring 20 dance shows to the city. The festival has a budget of €60,000 and will end with on September 24th in the parque de la Ciutadella with the show, Viaje por la danza, destino: Dakar.