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March 23, 2012

HSI Applauds Mexico City Committee for Approving Ban on Bullfighting

Humane Society International

MEXICO CITY — Humane Society International praises the Public Administration Commission of Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly for approving a ban on bullfighting in the city. The ban was approved with three votes in favor and two abstentions, and now goes to Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly for a final vote. Bullfighting is a cruel blood sport in which a bull is stabbed multiple times and suffers a slow and agonizing death in front of an audience that often includes children

“Humane Society International applauds the Public Administration Committee for approving a ban on this cruel blood sport, and we strongly urge Mexico City lawmakers to pass this measure in the Legislative Assembly when it comes up for a vote. The tormenting of animals for amusement can never be acceptable,” said Alexandra Rothlisberger, HSI program manager for Latin America

Opposition to bullfighting and bull fiestas in general has increased in recent years. In recent scientific polls, 73 percent of Mexicans state that they do not like bullfighting, 78 percent of Colombians oppose bullfighting due to animal cruelty concerns, and 73.5 percent of Peruvians are against bullfighting. The polls were conducted by Parametria, Caracol Radio and the Universidad de Lima, respectively. HSI condemns both bullfighting and all other bull fiesta events, which cause terrible stress, panic and suffering to bulls.


  • Bullfighting is already banned by law in many countries, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom.
  • According to ex-matador D. Alvaro Múnera, bullfighting is “a cruel tradition, where the victim first off is innocent and where it is savagely tortured and massacred, as a tradition it is ethically inconceivable.”
  • Zoologist Jordi Casamitjana said “all aspects of any bullfight, from the transport to the death, are in themselves causes of suffering.”


Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations — backed by 11 million people, or one of every 28. HSI is creating a better future for animals and people through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — On the web at hsi.org.

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