MEXICO CITY—Humane Society International welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico that upholds Veracruz State’s cockfighting ban as legal and constitutional.
The ban, which is part of Veracruz’s Animal Protection Bill, had been challenged by the local cockfighting industry, claiming it violates the right to culture, the right to property, the freedom to work and the right to equality and non-discrimination. The Court ruled that, “Although cockfighting is the expression of a certain culture, no practice that involves the mistreatment and unnecessary suffering of animals can be considered a cultural expression protected by the [federal] constitution.”
Anton Aguilar, HSI/Mexico executive director, said: “We congratulate the Supreme Court of Justice for this landmark decision, which sets a significant precedent for animal protection in our country. There are clearly no constitutional grounds for animals to be abused for so-called ‘entertainment.’ According to polls, 86 percent of Mexicans oppose animal spectacles and 95 percent oppose animal cruelty. Without a doubt, our culture, our politics and our laws are shifting away from animal cruelty.”
Veracruz is a prominent cockfighting breeding jurisdiction and has been at the center of the battle against these cruel fiestas. HSI Mexico supported a veto of a rollback of the ban by the governor of Veracruz last year and is currently lobbying in favor of a bullfighting and cockfighting ban in Mexico City. The Supreme Court’s decision opens the door for other states to enact similar measures.
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