November 6, 2013
HSI Urges the Constitutional Court in Bogota Colombia to Uphold Ban on Bullfighting
BOGOTA — Humane Society International is urging the Constitutional Court of Colombia to respect the decision issued last year by Bogota’s Mayor, Gustavo Petro, to ban bullfighting in the city and allow for the arena to remain a platform for cultural and educational events for children and individuals of all ages.
The Constitutional Court is soon expected to reach a verdict on a lawsuit brought by Bogota’s Bullfighting Corporation that looks to repeal the ban and bring back the blood sport to the city.
Alexandra Rothlisberger, HSI program manager for Latin America, said: “Less than two years ago Bogota led historical efforts by banning bullfighting. Overturning such an accomplishment is a step backwards. The city’s residents are ready to set an example and to show the world they are against animal cruelty and abuse. They should not be deprived of this right.”
Ending the cruelty towards bulls during bullfights was a priority for Mayor Petro, in accordance with his strategy to introduce a culture of respect and compassion to the city of Bogota.
Carlos Crespo, director of Fundación Resistencia Natural, a group working to end bullfighting in Colombia, said: “We are asking the Constitutional Court of Colombia to maintain the ban against bullfighting and to advocate for laws that protect animals, in this particular case, bulls.”
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