Jan 19, 2012
The Mayor of Bogota has publicly stated his opposition to the cruelty of bullfighting ‘shows revolving around death’
Like other countries where bullfighting is still legal, Colombia has witnessed a public debate on whether the blood sport of bullfighting is acceptable in modernity or whether it should be banned for good and consigned to history books. Those opposed to the cruelty received a strong voice in support of the campaign, through recent statements by the new Mayor of Bogota. The Mayor of Bogota, who holds the second most important political position in the country, declared himself against bullfighting and announced that no money from city-owned enterprises will fund the bullfights this year as they are a “dated practice that glorifies animal mistreatment and death.”
Mayor Gustavo Petro said that he would like to change how the local bullring La Santamaría, considered the most important bullfighting stadium in South America, is used: “It is a public place… and it should be used for the city’s numerous cultural events. But it should be closed to any possibility of shows revolving around death. All shows, culture, and art revolving around life are welcome.”
WSPA welcomes this positive statement of support and congratulates the Mayor for his bold but timely stance. The Mayor’s powerful voice joins those of thousands of Bogota citizens who have stated in many surveys (min 6:05) that they do not agree with the cruelty of bullfights and are not interested in attending such events. Bullfights are currently legal in Colombia because the national animal protection law has exemptions for bullfighting, cockfighting and coleo. Although bullfights are traditionally organized in January and February each year, the number of fights has reduced each year.
The anti bullfighting movement is organizing a march in several cities of Colombia on the 4th of February to take advantage of the momentum. One of the key demands from those that will join the march on that date is for more legislators and politicians to take a public stance against bullfighting and help achieve a bullfighting free Colombia.