More than six hundred years of Spanish sporting tradition went the way of the dinosaur over the weekend. Matadors in Spain's Catalonia region held their last bullfight in the city on Sunday. In January, a new law will ban the sport.

The end of the man vs. beast battle from a bygone era came in front of a packed crowd of more than 20,000 from all over Spain at a historic venue. Jose Tomas, Spain's No. 1 matador, was carried out of the building on the shoulders of fans after the final bullfight. The controversial decision to ban the sport came after a successful political campaign by animal rights activists in modern Spain who opposed the barbaric spectacle.

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Tomas, the Kobe Bryant of matadors, dazzled the packed crowd. He recently returned from a gruesome goring in Mexico that nearly took his life last year. Tomas earns $471,100 (350,000 euros) as possibly the greatest matador alive today. Tomas and two other lesser-known bullfighters killed two bulls each during the final event.

A taxidermist has been asked to preserve the head of the final bull killed in Barcelona, reports The

Guardian. The rest of the animals' remains will be sold to butcher shops.

With police keeping a watchful eye, animal rights lovers were in high spirits as they held a rally outside the bull ring, rejoicing in the demise of the sport.

The first recorded bull fight in Barcelona took place 654 years ago in 1357, according to The Guardian.

Thousands of bulls have been killed at the current stadium in Barcelona and eight bullfighters took their final breaths after being gored to death.

Reuters reports matadors might have been silenced in Spain, but the sport continues on with loyal support in other places such as Madrid and in parts southwest France.

Tickets to Sunday's event were selling for $2,153 (1,600 euros), or three times face value.