One of the groups that participated, the Equanimal Foundation, said that the Catalan vote had encouraged it to "increase efforts to spread the abolishment across the whole country," including the Basque region. "A society with ethical concerns cannot allow the existence of deeply immoral spectacles like bullfighting," it said.
The Catalan move has been dismissed by some as a bid to distance the region, which has a popular separatist movement, from the rest of Spain. The Basque region also has a strong separatist movement, but arguably a stronger bullfighting tradition.
A poll in El Pais this month showed that 60 percent of Spaniards did not like bullfighting, although 57 percent opposed it being banned in Catalonia.