A TV camera films as Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez 'El Juli' waves during a bullfight in Valladolid, Spain Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012. Bullfights returned live to Spanish state TV Wedn

 

              A TV camera films as Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez
A TV camera films as Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez 'El Juli' waves during a bullfight in Valladolid, Spain Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012. Bullfights returned live to Spanish state TV Wednesday evening, six years after the fights were banned from the widely watched public channel with the broadcast featuring one of Spain’s most storied bullfighters and giving a boost to a tradition hit hard by declining popularity and a dire economic crisis. The RTVE broadcast from the northern city of Valladolid is a big victory for pro-bullfighting forces that saw bullfighting banned altogether this year in the northeastern region of Catalonia; it’s a defeat for animal rights activists who denounce bullfighting as barbaric. The transmissions were halted in 2006 by Spain’s previous Socialist administration, which said they were costly and coincided with key TV viewing hours for young children. (AP Photo / Israel L. Murillo)