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Spain: Valencia bans bull runs featuring flaming horns

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2010 file photo, a reveler runs away from a bull with flaming horns during a festivity in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in the streets of Gilet, a town near Valencia, Spain. The city of Valencia has banned a longtime tradition where bulls are set loose on neighborhood streets with flaming balls of wax or fireworks affixed to their horns. Mayor Joan Ribo cited cruelty to animals for the ban approved Friday, June 10, 2016. The city council also cut funding for bull runs and bullfighting schools but did not move to ban bullfighting. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2010 file photo, a reveler runs away from a bull with flaming horns during a festivity in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in the streets of Gilet, a town near Valencia, Spain. The city of Valencia has banned a longtime tradition where bulls are set loose on neighborhood streets with flaming balls of wax or fireworks affixed to their horns. Mayor Joan Ribo cited cruelty to animals for the ban approved Friday, June 10, 2016. The city council also cut funding for bull runs and bullfighting schools but did not move to ban bullfighting. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)  (The Associated Press)

The southern Mediterranean city of Valencia has banned a longtime tradition in which bulls are set loose on neighborhood streets with flaming balls of wax or fireworks affixed to their horns.

Mayor Joan Ribo cited cruelty to animals for the ban approved Friday.

The city council also cut funding for bull runs and bullfighting schools but did not move to ban bullfighting.

The ban comes a year after Ribo and his alliance including the far-left Podemos party took power and two days after lawmakers in the central Castile and Leon region prohibited spearing bulls to death at one of Spain's goriest spectacles held for centuries in the town of Tordesillas.

Valencia politicians with the conservative Popular Party called the ban on flaming bulls a violation of the city's cultural heritage.