On 17 July 2012 the violent mistreatment of bulls and horses in the bullring came to an end in Teocelo, Mexico, when it became the first municipality in the country to ban all forms of this blood sport. WSPA celebrates this success, and is working to ensure it is just the beginning.
Bulls and horses suffer horrific and sometimes fatal injuries during bullfights, which makes this news incredibly welcome for animal welfare advocates in Mexico and beyond.
"We congratulate the municipality of Teocelo and Municipal President Cristian Teczon for his historic decision to abolish an archaic and cruel practice,” said WSPA’s Marcela Vargas.
United against cruelty
The ban in Teocelo covers all activities where bulls and horses are mistreated for entertainment, from traditional bullfights to Pamplona-style running of the bulls.
This broad animal welfare victory was achieved by showing a united front against cruelty : “We want to acknowledge the hard work of the local organizations that were fundamental in achieving this excellent measure” said Marcela.
The groups involved in securing the ban were Amigos de los Animales de Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana, Asociación Mexicana por los Derechos de los Animales (AMEDEA) and Plataforma META.
Gustavo Larios, President of AMEDEA, added: “This is a vital step in triggering a chain of similar legislation throughout the country. We showed that the majority of the Mexican people are sympathetic to a ban on bullfighting and the ethical treatment of animals.”
Is Mexico City next?
“This should serve as an incentive for Mexican society to move ahead with greater force and courage toward a new culture that values animal welfare. We hope this will be an example for other cities, including the capital," Ms Vargas added.
WSPA’s work to ban bullfighting in the region is ongoing, with some notable success.
Supporters who took part in our global signature campaign supporting the abolition of bullfighting in Mexico City have ensured the issue will come under scrutiny in the Mexican Assembly’s plenary sessions later this year.
So watch this space…