March 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Bullfighters Strike Ends In One Key Region

Compiled From Wire Services

A three-day strike by bullfighters ended Tuesday in the key eastern region of Valencia, but continued in 14 other Spanish regions.

The Confederation of Bullfighting Professionals, which represents most matadors, bull breeders and promoters, did not achieve a nationwide pact with the government. But it reached agreement in Valencia after securing a “moratorium” this year on rules that allow for post-mortem inspections of bulls’ horns to check for illegal shaving. Shaving makes the fight easier for matadors.

Government officials in other regions must now make a deal like Valencia’s, said a confederation spokesman, Eduardo Gismera.

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