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In the 1900's Barcelona was one of the world's most celebrated bullfighting cities. With its three bullrings, it hosted more bullfights than any other Spanish city.

Today, Barcelona's Plaza Monumental is Catalonia's only remaining active bullring and faces a referendum in the Catalonian Parliament that would ban bullfighting in the region. An animal rights group, Prou (pronounced...
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  • A view of Plaza Monumental during a bullfight in Barcelona, Spain on June 27, 2010.
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  • Pro bullfighting supporters raise a banner that says "Catalonia wants bulls (bullfighting)" in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on July 18, 2010. Bullfighting is facing a possible ban in Catalonia on July 28, 2010.
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  • Pro bullfighting supporters raise a banner that says "Catalonia wants bulls (bullfighting)" in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on July 18, 2010. Bullfighting is facing a possible ban in Catalonia on July 28, 2010.
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  • A bullfighting fan gives last minute advise prior to a bullfighter, David Fandila, "El Fandi" just prior to the start of a bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on April 25, 2010.
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  • Spanish bullfighter Jose Maria Manzanares is carried on shoulders at the end of his performance after a bullfight at the Plaza Monumental  bullring on July 25, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • A bullfighter prepares for a bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on April 25, 2010.
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  • A bullfighting fan gives last minute advise prior to a bullfighter, David Fandila, "El Fandi" just prior to the start of a bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on April 25, 2010.
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  • Bullfighting fans celebrate and waive white handkerchiefs in support of a bullfighter on April 25, 2010 in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Fans call, reach out and give flowers to Jesus Janeiro "Jesulin de Ubrique" after receiving a bull's ear on April 25, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Bullfighter, Jesus Fernandez  makes a pass on a bull Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on May 2, 2010.
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  • Animal rights activists protest by holding placards and blowing whistles across the street of the only remaining bullfighting ring in Barcelona, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Animal rights activists protest by holding placards and blowing whistles across the street of the only remaining bullfighting ring in Barcelona, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Animal rights activists protest by holding placards and blowing whistles across the street of the only remaining bullfighting ring in Barcelona, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Animal rights activists protest by holding placards and blowing whistles across the street of the only remaining bullfighting ring in Barcelona, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Animal rights activists protest by holding placards and blowing whistles across the street of the only remaining bullfighting ring in Barcelona, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Spectators meander around prior to entering the bullfighting arena, Plaza Monumental, in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • A group of elderly women enter Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • El Juli. Barcelona, Spain.
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  • CLIENT: BBC NEWS. Portait of bullfighter Juan Serrano, "Finito de Cordoba" in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Spanish matador Julian Lopez "El Juli" receives his sword to prepare for the final "estocada" or killing where the bullfighter drives the sword through the heart of the bull in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Bullfighting fans take photos, applaud and yell out at Julian Lopez after a successful bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Spanish matador Julian Lopez "El Juli" raises his arm to the crowd as he receives the praise of their praise after the judge gives him two bulls ears in a successful bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • Bullfighter, Juan Serrano, "Finito de Cordoba"  makes a pass on a bull Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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  • A woman cheers during a bullfight in Plaza Monumental in Barcelona, Spain on June 6, 2010.
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