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Bullfighting in Catalonia and dog eating in China have been banned; a man shatters leg, survives three days in Canyonlands, Utah; and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Catalonia bullfighting ban in effect
The last bullfight in Catalonia, Spain took place yesterday after Catalonia’s Parliament passed a ban on bullfighting in July 2010. Anti- and pro-bullfighting activists are still at odds though, USA Today reports. Of Spain’s 17 regions, only the Canary Islands and Catalonia have bullfighting bans.
Animal rights activists scored another recent win, this one in China: the Chinese government has banned a three-day dog-eating festival that dates back 600 years and commemorates a military victory. Time magazine reports the government enacted the ban because of online outcry.
Man shatters leg, survives three days in Canyonlands, Utah
Amos Wayne Richards, a 64-year-old from Concord, North Carolina, followed too closely in the footsteps of Aron Ralston, a hiker who had to amputate his own arm when a Canyonlands hike went bad and is played by James Franco in the movie 127 hours. Richards was tracing Ralston’s steps and suffered a 10ft fall near where Ralston was trapped. Richards shattered his leg and was found by park rangers three days later, alive but dehydrated, Gawker reports.
Boeing to deliver Dreamliner this week
Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways this week, the BBC reports. We have covered the plane’s impressive amenities before, including cleaner air and bidets. The plane’s original delivery date was scheduled for 2008, but setbacks like a fire during test flights pushed the delivery back.
“[In San Francisco, the nudist community] was joined this weekend in the autumn fog and cold by unclothed sympathizers at a ‘Nude-In.’ One of their objectives was to draw attention to a proposed law — introduced by Scott Wiener, a city supervisor — that would prohibit nudity in restaurants and require unclad people to put a towel or other material down before sitting bare-bottomed on benches or other public seats. Mr. Wiener said the law was introduced in response to an increase in nakedness in parks, streets and restaurants.”
-- While other nearby California cities like Berkeley and San Jose have passed laws prohibiting public nudity, in San Francisco it remains legal, the New York Times reports.