Feast with bulls goes on despite prohibition

Monday, February 6th 2017

Tlacotalpan © AnimaNaturalis

In November 2016, the Congress of the Mexican state of Veracruz voted unanimously for a prohibition of several feasts with bulls. Among them, also the Embalse de Tlacotalpan. This feast always took place at February 1st. This year it would be the first time since 242 years that the Embalse de Tlacotalpan would not take place. But the local population of Tlacotalpan revolt against the authorities of the town and they held the cruel feast illegally. The police arrested 60 persons, among them 10 cattle breeders.

Embalse de Tlacotalpan  
The event with bulls Embalse de Tlacotalpan is very controversial. Every year 6 bulls were abused in this municipality: sometimes the animals were forced to drink alcohol and to swim in a river, tied to boats. When the bulls came back to land they were maltreated by the crowd. CAS International has already been campaigning for more than 10 years against this event with bulls. Several times we have shared protests through our website and social media to increase international pressure and to demand the end of the Embalse de Tlacotalpan. For years, the authorities have been promising that they will monitor the event so that the bulls are not being maltreated. But every year organizations tell us that the bulls were abused.

Other feasts with bulls
The congress of the Mexican state of Veracruz decided u to prohibit other feasts too like vaquilladas and pamplonadas. The organization Movimiento Consciencia started an initiative, together with other organizations, to achieve the prohibition of events with bulls.

Other successes
It is a huge battle but several successes have been achievend. Movimiento Consciencia achieved, with support of CAS International and other organizations, that the municipality of Tzintzuntzan prohibited bullfighting in 2016. In December 2015 it also achieved the prohibition of the entrance of children to bullfighs in the entire state of Veracruz, also with the support of CAS and other organizations.

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