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Mexican state Sinaloa prohibits bullfighting

10 February 2021

Mexican state Sinaloa prohibits bullfighting

The government of the Mexican State of Sinaloa has agreed to prohibit bullfighting. Sinaloa is the fifth state in Mexico with a recent ban on bullfighting, after Sonora, Guerrero, Coahuila and Quintana Roo. Dog fights are also prohibited.

In parliament a unanimous vote was taken in favor of an extension of the current animal protection law. In addition to the ban on bull and dog fights, wild animals must be better protected. Unfortunately, cockfights are yet allowed to take place in Sinaloa.

Bullfights

Bullfights take place in the city of Mazatlán every year, during Carnival. This is the only town in Sinaloa where bullfights are held. Mexico is one of the most violent countries in the world and within society there is an increasing support for a ban on bloody spectacles with animals because they would stop a development towards a peaceful society. Animal suffering is also an important argument to prohibit this type of cruel events. 7 out of 10 Mexicans are in favour of a ban on bullfighting.

Animal Protection Law

Some other new points have been included in the amended animal protection law. For example, the exclusion of long-term care of animals is punishable from now on. It is also prohibited to abandon animals on public roads or in a place far from their natural habitat. In addition, it is no longer allowed to have sex with animals. Furthermore, dogs and cats will no longer be euthanized to prevent overpopulation. And the law promotes the improvement of the care of animals in shelters.

CAS International is very pleased with this news and hopes that more states will prohibit bullfighting, like Sinaloa just did. CAS has been working with Mexican organizations for years to end bullfighting in Mexico. In November 2018 and March 2019, CAS traveled to Mexico for the international summit against bullfighting (organized by the International network against bullfighting), a national summit and for lobby activities. Our political influence contributed to the ban in Sinaloa.

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