MADRID, Spain: The first bullfight in more than a year will be held in Spain on May 3 to raise money for unemployed bullfighters.
The proceeds will go to the Las Ventas bullring, the most prestigious in the country, and the proceeds will go to killers left unemployed by COVID-19, officials said Saturday.
Almost all bullrings in Spain have been closed for more than a year due to the Covid pandemic.
For the collection of charitable funds, the venue will only allow 6,000 people to attend, 40% of its capacity.
As in any other part of Spain, facial masks will be mandatory and strict measures of social distancing will be applied.
Major bullfighting festivals, such as San Isidro, the Feria de Abril in Seville and the San Fermin in Pamplona, were canceled last year. Without any match held in Spain, the oxen reserved in the ring were sent to slaughterhouses.
In recent years, Spain has undergone changes in the public’s enthusiasm for bullfighting.
In fact, attendance has declined across the country and bullfighting has been struggling in recent years.
A 2019 survey on El Espaol, an online newspaper, found that 56.4% of Spaniards opposed bullfighting, while 24.7% supported it and 18.9% were indifferent.
In addition, local governments have been less inclined to provide financial support for traditional bullfighting festivals.