Mexico City Legislators Push To Ban Bullfighting

October 18, 2011 3:03 pm 12 comments
Mexico City Legislators Push To Ban Bullfighting

The Plaza de Toros in Mexico City.

Mexico City may soon follow the lead of the Spanish province of Cataluña and ban all forms of bullfighting.

A pair of opposition politicians representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, in Spanish) and the Green Party (PV, in Spanish) originally presented the proposal in 2009 and it was supposed to be voted on until earlier this month. But that vote was postponed when the legislature failed to field a quorum. Nevertheless, at least 21  deputies said that they would back the measure should it come to a vote.

Mexican animal rights groups strongly back the proposal, claiming that most Mexicans are opposed to bullfighting. One of the bill’s sponsors, Deputy Norberto Ascencio Solís of the PV told CNNMexico.com “bullfighting shouldn’t be viewed as an art… an art cannot sacrifice a living animal that has feelings.”

Meanwhile, backers of bullfighting, such as local rancher Sergio Hernández Weber, critiqued the bill as “political theater.” The owner of Mexico City’s main bullring said that the bill would hurt the economy of the metropolis, including the potential loss of hundreds of jobs linked to the bullfighting industry.

The campaign to ban bullfighting has also spread to other parts of Mexico, including the city of Querétaro. Approximately 500 protesters against the sport marched in downtown Querétaro and the president of Mexico’s Animal Defense Association called on a local bullfighting impresario to debate him.

Proponents of bullfighting in other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Peru have sought to keep their customs alive. Several Venezuelan cities such as San Cristóbal and Mérida have declared bullfighting as an “intangible cultural heritage.”

In much of Latin America, however, bullfighting has long been banned. Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba, for example, all prohibited the practice at the turn of the twentieth century. Ecuadorans voted in May to end bullfighting as part of a ten-point referendum proposed by the Rafael Correa administration.

Image – Omar Omar @ Flickr.

12 Comments

  • PENAS MAS SEVERAS CONTRA EL MALTRATO ANIMAL YA. JUSTICIA PARA LOS “SIN VOZ”.

  • Natalina Maria Ferreira Luz Porto

    …Just give ONE STEP to reach evolution, the natural way of our lives as Humans and STOP BULLFIGHTING…I wonder to visit our Country, THAT DAY…

  • Great news! Bullfighting must end!

  • Mrs, Jeani Johnson

    YES – PLEASE DO BAN Bullfighting – it is a HORRIBLE UGLY BLOODY MURDERING DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE!
    Sooooooooooooo UGLY, MEAN & CRUEL – MUST STOP!

  • Wonderful news!! Bullfighting HAS to stop now. The world demands it. Com on Mexico :)

  • It will be good to see Mexico enter the 21st century, and do away with this monstrous barbarity which has no place in any civilised country.

  • So happy about banning it. Why do we feel it is OK for humans to gain enjoyment at the expense of the animal? I would not visit a place that allows bullfighting; they would not get my tourist dollars! I will instead visit places more progressive and more caring. Time to evolve.

  • Yes ! How wonderful they are pushing to ban bullfighting, It is a horrific sport perpetuated by cowards…
    I will not support any city or event that condones bullfighting. It is not even a fight and certainly not a fair one, the only end result is death for the bull.

  • Bull fighting is the best sport ever! there is nothing wrong with it, if the bull fails it dies and if the fighter fails it dies. This is only natural and it is completly fair. It is totally civilized and these people have no right to try and abolish it. You all shoould be ashamed of yourselves!

Leave a Reply


Other News

  • Mexico North America Today in Latin America Crisis in Guerrero Continues as Peña Nieto Meets with Families of Missing Students

    Crisis in Guerrero Continues as Peña Nieto Meets with Families of Missing Students

    Top Story – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto  met for the first time with family members of the 43 missing students from Guerrero state on Wednesday in Mexico City. Before the meeting, family members said they were prepared to voice their “indignation” over the country’s fruitless search for their missing loved ones and to demand the president do more. Since the 43 students went missing after being attacked by police on Sept. 26, the search for them has been marked […]

    Read more →
  • Mexico North America Today in Latin America Despite New Leads, No Answers in Search For Missing Students

    Despite New Leads, No Answers in Search For Missing Students

    Top Story — The search continues for Mexico’s 43 missing students in Guerrero state as authorities have not been able to confirm that new mass graves contain the students’ remains. Sunday marked one month since the students from the rural Ayotzinapa Normal School went missing after being arrested in the town of Iguala after commandeering several busses to use them in a protest. According to Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam, local police turned the students over to members of […]

    Read more →
  • Andes Colombia Dispatches United States Activists and Journalists Struggle to Make Colombia’s War Visible in the U.S.

    Activists and Journalists Struggle to Make Colombia’s War Visible in the U.S.

    NEW YORK CITY — Diana Gómez and Shaira Rivera, two young women from Colombia, visited several U.S. universities this month to raise awareness about Colombia’s current peace negotiations to end decades of armed conflict. Both their fathers were killed in the war. Their fathers, congressional aide Jaime Gómez and union worker Guillermo Rivera, were killed in Colombia in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Although their cases have not been resolved in court, the young Gómez and Rivera accuse Colombian state forces […]

    Read more →
  • Caribbean Cuba Today in Latin America Cuba to Allow Construction of First New Catholic Church in 55 Years

    Cuba to Allow Construction of First New Catholic Church in 55 Years

    Top Story — Cuba’s government has sanctioned the construction of the first Catholic church to be built in the country in 55 years, the latest development in a continued trend of growing acceptance of religion on the island. The church, to be funded by members of the U.S.-based exile community in Tampa, Florida, will be constructed in Sandino, a town located in the province of Piñar del Rio on the island’s western coast. The church’s construction indicates a growing connection […]

    Read more →
  • Brazil North America Southern Cone Today in Latin America Brazil Re-elects Dilma Rousseff as President

    Brazil Re-elects Dilma Rousseff as President

    Top Story — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won her re-election bid in the closest race in the country’s history, taking just over 51 percent of the vote to beat her opponent Aécio Neves. The tight victory marks the end of a campaign cycle that stunned observers for the atypically vicious attacks from both sides. Rousseff, of the left-populist Workers’ Party, opened her victory speech by saluting fellow party member and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose two-term tenure […]

    Read more →
  • Mexico North America Today in Latin America Governor of Mexican State Steps Down Over Student Disappearances

    Governor of Mexican State Steps Down Over Student Disappearances

    Top Story — The governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero stepped down from his position on Thursday as the disappearance of 43 students there late last month continues to reverberate across the country. Ángel Aguirre, 58, is barred by law from resigning his post, but said that he is taking a leave of absence. Aguirre has faced widespread anger over his handling of the students’ disappearance, and many have called for his resignation during protests in Guerrero’s capital city […]

    Read more →
  • Southern Cone Today in Latin America Uruguay Uruguayan Presidential Candidate Would Roll Back Historic Marijuana Law

    Uruguayan Presidential Candidate Would Roll Back Historic Marijuana Law

    Top Story — Days ahead of Uruguay’s presidential election Sunday, the country’s top opposition candidate on Wednesday vowed to repeal the country’s historic marijuana law, which legalizes the commercial production and sale of the drug. Centrist National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou had not previously specified what actions he would take against the law. Lacalle Pou told Reuters that he would keep the articles permitting personal marijuana use and cultivation, but would repeal the rest, including the provisions for commercialization […]

    Read more →
  • Mexico North America Today in Latin America Mexican Troops Executed Victims in June Slayings, Rights Body Finds

    Mexican Troops Executed Victims in June Slayings, Rights Body Finds

    Top Story — Mexican troops executed up to 15 of the 22 suspected gang members killed in June in the small town of San Pedro Limón, according to an investigation by the government’s human rights agency. The account by Raúl Plascencia, president of the commission, contradicted several prior versions of a murky story offered at various stages by the military, the Attorney General’s office and an eyewitness. Plascencia called for prosecutors to investigate a potential cover-up by military officials. At […]

    Read more →
  • Caribbean News Briefs North America As World Series Begins, So Does ‘Latin American Pipeline’ to MLB

    As World Series Begins, So Does ‘Latin American Pipeline’ to MLB

    When the opening pitch is thrown Tuesday night in game one of the World Series, a number of Latin American players will be front and center under the bright stadium floodlights. What won’t be on display, however, are some of the darker stories behind how many Latin Americans make it to play in Major League Baseball in the first place. This season, Latin American players made up close to a quarter of all MLB players — a staggering 86 percent of […]

    Read more →
  • Chile Southern Cone Today in Latin America Pinochet Bodyguard and Ex-Mayor Arrested in Santiago

    Pinochet Bodyguard and Ex-Mayor Arrested in Santiago

    Top Story — Chilean authorities have arrested a former aide to Gen. Augusto Pinochet, accusing him of committing various atrocities under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship. A judge on Monday ordered the arrest of retired military colonel Cristian Labbe on charges of “unlawful association” with a group that ultimately became the DINA secret police force. Labbe was allegedly involved in the murder of 13 people under Pinochet’s dictatorship. Those 13 people, investigators found, were tortured and executed at the notorious Tejas […]

    Read more →