Colombia bans bullfighting in historic vote

Colombia bans bullfighting in historic vote

Colombia’s parliament passed a historic bill to ban bullfighting on Tuesday, with 93 votes in favor and only two against. The legislation now awaits President Gustavo Petro’s signature.

Once signed into law, there will be a three-year transition period. This is meant to help those who depend on bullfighting to find new income sources.

Now that Colombia has decided to ban bullfighting, there are only seven countries where bullfighting is still permitted. In France, Portugal, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela, bullfighting events are still legal.

Bullfighting events

Bullfighting is an event in which a matador kills a bull. The practice dates back to ancient times.

The event is typically divided into three stages: the tercio de varas, where the bull is weakened by spears; the tercio de banderillas, where barbed spikes are placed into the bull’s shoulders; and the tercio de muerte, where the matador kills the bull with a sword.

Supporters of bullfighting consider it an art form that shows bravery, skill, and tradition. They argue that it is an important part of their cultural heritage and a significant economic activity. Bullfighting events draw large crowds and generate revenue for breeders, vendors, and other associated businesses.

Critics, however, denounce bullfighting as a barbaric and cruel practice that inflicts unnecessary suffering on animals. Animal rights activists argue that the spectacle is inhumane, subjecting bulls to prolonged pain and distress before their eventual death.

The ethical debate over bullfighting has led to bans and restrictions in various places, and there are increasing calls for its end worldwide.

“We did it. The bullfights are over in my Colombia. It is one of the happiest days of my life,” Colombian politician Esmeralda Hernández, author of the law #NoMásOlé that prohibited bullfighting in Colombia, said.


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