Jan 1, 2012
As 2012 sees a bullfight ban come into force in Spain’s Catalonia region, WSPA is now working to halt the cruel practice across Latin America.
On Jan. 1, 2012, the lengthy battle to ban bullfighting in the Spanish region of Catalonia finally draws to a close, as last year’s prohibition goes into effect. The hard-fought measure followed massive campaigning on a local scale by the PROU citizens’ platform, as well global efforts by WSPA and other organizations, and the 165,000 global WSPA supporters who gave their support for the ban.
“The ban on bullfighting in Catalonia is a tremendous success for anti-bullfight campaigners in Spain, and gives hope to those fighting for similar bans across the world,” said Dirk Jan Verdonk, Programs Manager at WSPA. “I would like to thank the 180,000 local citizens who demanded an end to this horrific practice in Catalonia and without whom a ban could not have been achieved, as well as all our supporters who brought international pressure to the Catalonian parliament.”
This successful campaign saw our largest ever advocacy action – 165,000 WSPA supporters advocated for the ban – and support from celebrity Ricky Gervais.
After Spain, the world’s biggest bullfight audiences are seen in Mexico and Colombia, and WSPA is becoming increasingly involved in efforts to ban the practice in both countries.
In Mexico, we are working with local partner Asociación Mexicana por los Derechos de los Animales (AMEDEA) to enact a ban through a national debate on altering laws governing public spectacles. We also participated in a recent anti-bullfight summit in Mexico City, where possible changes to the law were discussed with our partners.
Perhaps most promisingly, Mexico City – the city where the most bulls are killed in the ring – is currently debating implementing a bullfight ban through a vote in its assembly. The Green Party has proposed the legislation, which is supported by WSPA and our partners.
We are urging our supporters to demand a ban in this city of 22 million inhabitants by signing this petition addressed to Mr. José Luis Muñoz Soria, President of the Public Administration Commission of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Mexico, who chairs the commission charged with studying the initiative to ban bullfighting. The letter requests a prompt date for a vote on a ban at the Legislative Assembly.
Marcela Vargas, Campaigns Manager at WSPA Latin America said, “After WSPA supporters’ invaluable support for the successful ban in Catalonia, I now urge all those who find bullfighting horrific and cruel to join us in trying to ban bullfighting in the city that currently kills most bulls internationally: Mexico City.”
In bullfighting’s other large market, Colombia, WSPA has been involved with securing a ban in the municipality of Zapatoca, the first to do so in the country. We are also working with local partners in the city of Medellin to encourage the public and politicians not to attend bullfights.
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