Catalunya’s ban on bullfighting in its region introduced in 2010 has been ruled as illegal by Spain’s constitutional court in what is set to be another major clash between Madrid authorities and Catalunya politicians that are pushing for independence.

Nine of the 12 judges ruled that the “preservation of common cultural heritage” was the responsibility of the State and the Catalan parliament had exceeded its authority in banning what the court described in a statement as “one more expression of a cultural nature that forms part of the common cultural heritage”.

They did that say Catalunya could “regulate the development of bullfights” or “establish requirements for the special care and attention of fighting bulls”.

Not surprisingly, Neus Munté, spokeswoman for the Catalan government, said her government would “set to work immediately to ensure that the ruling has no practical effect”.

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