Bullfights return to Bogota, ColombiaTuesday, January 24th 2017
For the first time since 2012, a bullfight took place in the Colombian capital of Bogotá last Sunday. In 2012, the former mayor, Gustavo Petro, decided to forbid bullfighting. Petro felt that animal cruelty does not belong in a modern Bogotá. 78% of Colombian people are against bullfighting.
#ColombiasinToreo is a coalition of social organizations and NGO's for animal rights in Colombia and wants to put an end to bullfighting and feasts with bulls in Colombia. Among others they are in contact with politicians to reach their goal and working on a bill with the Ministry of the Interior.
It is possible that the Constitutional Court will debate the abolition of bullfighting this week. In Colombia a petition has been started to ask the Constitutional Court to end bullfighting. Please sign the petition here.
Since 2012 Petro fights for the end of bullfighting in the Colombian capital wanting the bullring La Santamaria to be used as a space for cultural and educational events without suffering. Shortly before this decision the International Network against Bullfighting sent a letter to the mayor of Bogota in 2012, signed by a long list of anti-bullfighting organizations including CAS International, with a request to ban bullfighting in Bogota. The Constitutional Court determined in 2015 that bullfights should be held again in the Colombian capital of Bogota.
CAS international supports the Colombian colleagues who are battling for years now to end bullfighting in Bogotá as well as in the rest of the country. Check our website regularly to follow the latest developments in Colombia.
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