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LISBON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The Portuguese parliament Thursday rejected a plea by the Left Bloc, Green Party and the People-Animal-Nature party (PAN)to stop minors under the age of 18 from participating in bullfights.

The initiative was voted against by the Socialist Party, the Portuguese Communist Party, the Social Democrat Party and the CDS-PP.

PAN argues that bullfighting is a "violent show" and that children should not be allowed to witness an animal being tortured in such a way.

The party argues that children should be banned both from attending bullfighting schools and from applauding an animal being killed for mere entertainment.

However, the Portuguese Federation of Bullfighting argues that it is a form of culture which minors should have access to.

Bullfighting is a popular yet controversial sport in Spain, France and several Latin American countries.

Some Spanish television stations decided to stop broadcasting bullfighting in order to protect children from watching the fight.

While many people in Portugal are against bullfighting in Portugal, a petition named "In Defense of the Festa Brava" in favor of bullfighting garnered 100,000 signatures this year.

In April, hundreds of people protested outside the capital's bullring and marched to the parliament to call for an end to hosting bullfights. Enditem

A baby receives a vaccination in Beijing. Photo: Li HaoGT

The past two weeks have been a roller coaster for Ran Jinfa Air Jordan 4 Retro For Sale , father of 2-year-old son from Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. He has been trying to trace the source of a dozen vaccine shots given to his son, as well as their delivery and storage information.

But it has proven difficult to find this information that he has a right to know. He was met with cold-shoulders, buck-passing and red tape at local health departments.

In mid-March, police in East China's Shandong Province revealed that they busted a mother and daughter gang that allegedly sold "problematic vaccines" worth more than 570 million yuan ($88 million) nationwide since 2011. The investigation shows that the vaccines were improperly refrigerated and sold to health institutes through illicit means, meaning that many of them were ineffective and could have caused harm to patients Air Jordan 13 Retro For Sale , even death.

After hearing the news, Ran went to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Yongchuan district, Chongqing.

"The vaccine chief guaranteed to me that no problematic vaccines have been found in the city. But the next day I found Chongqing is on the list of places the problematic vaccines were sent," Ran recalled to the Global Times.

On March 19, the Shandong drug authorities issued a circular Air Jordan 1 Retro For Sale , revealing the identities of about 300 suspects involved in the illegal trade of problematic vaccines, from 24 provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Hunan, Chongqing and Xinjiang.

On March 21 Air Jordan 11 Retro For Sale , Ran went to the Yongchuan maternal and child-care service center where his son was vaccinated and the Yongchuan CDC, asking about where his son's vaccines came from.

The CDC insisted their vaccines were not problematic and told him not to disturb their work.

"It seemed that they were reluctant to disclose the information, which makes me more skeptical about the vaccines," Ran said. "It's rather disappointing that they boldly breach the Government Information Disclosure Regulation."

Ran is just one of millions of parents who have been worried about the vaccine scandal. While some parents are angry and have decided to stop their kids from receiving vaccines, others are heading to Hong Kong for the injections.

Go to Hong Kong?

Government assurances have not totally cleared away parents' doubts. Parents from Xi'an and Shangluo in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province were recently detained for spreading rumors about which clinics received problematic vaccines.

Some parents said that they would suspend vaccination for their kids before the authorities solve the case and announce the batches and final destinations of all the problematic vaccines Air Jordan Retro For Sale , but some said they would just take their babies to Hong Kong for vaccinations.

Articles have been published explaining how to get vaccinated in Hong Kong, including the certificates people should take and suggested clinics.

A mother surnamed Yang shared her experience of taking her kid to Hong Kong for vaccination after the scandal was reported.

"There are many parents here like me. Even though some vaccines in Hong Kong are much more expensive than in the mainland," Yang, a mother of a 4-year-old son from Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province told the Global Times. "I feel the vaccines are safer."

However Jordan 4 Retro For Sale , getting vaccinations in Hong Kong can be costly. In addition to the expensive vaccines, travel and accommodation can cost thousands of yuan.

An agent which helps mainlanders get vaccinations in Hong Kong estimated that every day 5,600 mainlanders head to Hong Kong to get vaccinated, the Guangzhou-based Time Weekly reported.

Zhang Yu, the chief of the immunology department at the Peking University Health Science Center Jordan 13 Retro For Sale , told the Global Times that the central government has been conservative and cautious while introducing new vaccines, which means Hong Kong has a wider range of vaccines available. "Every new vaccine needs a large-scale human trial in China. Besides, protecting national industries is also a consideration," Zhang said, pointing out that domestically made HPV vaccines are currently undergoing clinic trials in China.

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