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Bullfighting success in Bogotá
Good news from Colombia - the Mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, has shown his support for the banning of bullfighting in the region by starting the process of closing the city’s bullring. The official statement by the government announcing the termination of the contract signed with the bullfighting corporation says: "Bullfights are linked to activities that can be considered torture, inflicting pain and violence on the animals and causing them to die. According to previous surveys, most people in Bogotá support an end to bullfighting as it is considered an act of cruelty. There was a demonstration on June 25 outside the mayor’s office, which WSPA supported to back the mayor in his ongoing stance against bullfighting in Bogotá.

No more bullfights in Catalonia, as struggle moves to Latin America
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. 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. 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. We are also working with local partners in the city of Medellin to encourage the public and politicians not to attend bullfights.

Battle against bullfighting gains ground
The international campaign against bullfighting gained momentum in South America in November, with the ‘cultural’ argument for bullfighting taking a battering. In Colombia, a groundbreaking decision by the nation’s senate resulted in the bullfights of the famous Feria de Cali carnival being denied cultural heritage status. Thanks to the efforts of WSPA member society Proteccion Animal Ecuador (PAE), bullfighting has been banned from television during the times that young people might be watching. PAE demanded that the country’s television commission enforce legislation prohibiting the broadcast of images of cruelty and violence from 6am to 9pm. Young people under 18 have also been banned from the bullrings of Guayaquil due to PAE’s efforts and Quito is likely to follow suit during the next season.

Anti- and pro-bullfighting groups go head to head in Europe
Update: As a result of last week's successful anti-bullfighting activity in the EU parliament, 95 MEPs signed the white model bull and over 1,000 parliament staff signed an anti-bullfighting petition. The European parliament in Brussels will be hosting lobbyists from both the pro- and anti-bullfighting movements this week, with WSPA and our For a Bullfighting-Free Europe alliance partners arguing that this cruel sport is a dying industry with serious financial problems. It is estimated that the European parliament currently pays a subsidy of 220 euros per animal to breeders of fighting bulls, which – along with local subsidies in the bullfighting countries – is keeping the industry alive.

Ricky Gervais Partners with WSPA to End Bullfighting
Today, actor, producer and writer Ricky Gervais has partnered with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to call for an end to the cruel practice of bullfighting, and urge tourists to stop supporting such brutality on their travels. And, despite the fact that a majority of Americans are aware that bullfighting causes unnecessary pain to animals, more than 6.2 million have been to a bullfight at some time in their lives. It sickens me to know that people still pay money to see an animal tortured to death. It’s amazing that there are fans of this so-called ‘sport’ across the world, from Spain to Latin America.

Catalonian parliament edges towards bullfighting ban
Future votes could result in extending the Animal Protection Law, which will effectively result in the enforcement of a ban on the cruelty of bullfighting. WSPA has backed Plataforma ‘Prou’ (‘enough’ in English) who have campaigned for an end to the inhumane treatment of bulls and horses in bullfights. Prou is made up of Spanish citizens who have ‘had enough’ of the parliament’s refusal to acknowledge their wish for a ban. A successful PLI in Catalonia would not only lead to 100 less bulls being inhumanely slaughtered in the ring every year, it could also lead the way for the rest of Spain and other bullfighting countries to embrace a modern culture without cruelty.

Bogota Mayor takes public stance against bullfighting
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’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.

Last ever bullfight in Catalonia
After centuries of cruelty in the name of entertainment, Spain’s Catalonia region has held its last ever bullfight. Although the ban does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2012, this cruel spectacle has ending in the region as the bullfighting season now draws to a close. WSPA’s supporters contributed to this unprecedented success for animal welfare: more than 140,000 people from across the globe stated their support for a ban, putting pressure on Members of the regional Parliament to end bullfighting. Catalonia was the second Spanish autonomous region to pass a ban on bullfighting (the first was the Canary Islands), although it was the first where a ban resulted from a public campaign.

Hopes are dashed as Bullfighting continues in Mexico City
Mexico City looked set to follow the footsteps of regions across Europe and Latin America who have recently declared themselves anti-bullfighting, after a sub-committee of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly approved a Bill to ban bullfighting in the capital last month. But yesterday, WSPA learned that the President of the Government Commission, Alejandra Barrales, who is in charge of setting a date for the vote, publicly stated the vote was “not a priority," and the assembly failed to accept the proposal within the deadline. “WSPA is deeply disappointed in the Mexico City Assembly’s decision to ignore civil society's will to end an activity that causes unnecessary pain and death to thousands of bulls and horses across the globe.

Spanish state TV stops children from watching bullfights
51 years after the Spanish state television broadcaster TVE showed its first bullfight, it has announced that it will not show bullfighting while children are viewing. The move is a response to new regulations which call on broadcasters to avoid showing children both "behavior that is dangerous to their health" and "explicitly violent scenes". This admission that bullfighting is unsuitable for children suggests the state TV station has recognized the cruelty involved in this sport. It also reflects the findings of a recent Gallup poll which showed a significant shift in feelings amongst the Spanish people against this barbaric form of entertainment”.

Catalonia makes history by banning bullfights
Catalonia has made history today: the Catalonian Parliament has voted to approve the amendment of the current animal protection legislation and therefore ban bullfighting within the region. Prou has campaigned tirelessly for months to end the cruelty suffered by thousands of bulls in bullrings each year. Prou initiated the campaign with a popular legislative initiative that set the process in motion. It was brought before Catalonia's Parliament in December 2009 after more than 180,000 Catalonian citizens signed a petition demanding an end to bullfighting. The ban in Catalonia will set an example in Spain for other regions to follow and make the cruelty of bullfighting history.

WSPA hands over 140,000 signatures to the Catalonian Parliament
Catalonia is poised to make history this week, as they vote on a decision that could result in a ban on bullfighting, and 140,000 supporters of animal welfare have signed a letter to the Members of the Catalonian Parliament telling them that they would like to see bullfighting banned. The signatures were collected through WSPA websites worldwide in support of the joint platform PROU, made up of several Catalonian citizens working for a ban on bullfighting in the region, that have presented this popular initiative (ILP) that will be voted in the Parliament on Wednesday, July 28th. Several prominent individuals and professional organizations have also spoken out in support of the Catalonian parliamentary process to protect bulls and prevent the immense suffering meted out to them in bullfights.

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