Veracruz has become the most recent city in Mexico to update its Animal Welfare Code to ban bullfighting. The government of Veracruz — a port city about 186 miles east of Mexico City —joined four other cities — Xalapa, Fortin de las Flores, Teocelo and Boca de Rio — all located in Veracruz state, in passing a ban on bullfighting. A comprehensive change to the Animal Welfare Code by Veracruz city lawmakers last month, however, included banning “bullfighting and all other shows featuring animals.”
The city will now also address other blood sports that have long been accepted, and this new legislation will end the traditional festivals that offered animal fighting as entertainment.
“Officials changed the Animal Welfare Code to ban bullfights, dog fights and cockfights,” said Veracruz Mayor Carolina Gudiño Corro. “The new regulations were enacted to prevent abuse of pets and other animals by owners and the public and create a culture of caring for animals.”
Individuals violating the new regulations will receive a written warning for the first offense and will be subject to fines of up to 6,700 pesos, or $521, for subsequent offenses, said Union Pro-Animal President Maria Nieves Milchorena.
“We want to thank and congratulate … the members of the different animal protection groups in the city of Veracruz who participated extensively in drafting the new city regulations on the care and protection of animals,” Corro said.
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In March 2012 a Federal District Legislative Assembly committee introduced and approved a bill to ban bullfighting in Mexico City. It was not heard in the full Assembly before the legislative session ended on April 30 and still awaits a full debate.
Sonora, Mexico, recently became the first Mexican state to ban bullfighting under the long-awaited Animal Protection Law addressing cruelty to animals. Amidst an overwhelming demonstration of public approval, local lawmaker of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, Vernon Perez Rubio told Formato 21 radio, “I didn’t expect the repercussion this would have, nationally and internationally."
Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are the Latin American countries where bullfighting is most deeply rooted.
About 9,000 bulls are slaughtered every year at rings in Mexico where bullfighting dates back to the 16th century, animal-rights groups say.
Source: Hispanically Speaking News