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Sonora, Mexico, Bans Bullfighting, a First for the Country

May 9, 2013
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Background | Source Earth First! Newswire
By Phyllis M. Daugherty

Sonora has become the first Mexican state to ban bullfighting, recently passing the long-awaited Animal Protection Law addressing cruelty to animals.

In a statement on Formato 21 radio, Perez Rubio hailed the unanimous vote on May 2 by the legislature of Mexico’s northwestern border state.

“It has caused quite a stir because we are the first state of the republic to pass this law. I really didn’t expect–I say this with all the honesty in the world–I didn’t expect the repercussion this would have, nationally and internationally,” said local lawmaker of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, or PVEM, Vernon Perez Rubio, the Global Post reports.

His party explained in a media release that the law “not only bans bullfighting” but “also protects other domestic animals.”

The PVEM said the new law in Sonora puts them “a step closer to achieving one of the goals the Green Party has fought for, which is the prohibition of bullfighting nationwide.” The party states that “clearly more than 70 percent of Mexicans are against the continuation” of bullfights in the country, on the basis of several public opinion polls.

In Sonora, citizens’ demand for an end to bullfighting began two years ago, when a crowd of 18,200 came out before a bullfight was to start to ask that the spectacle by banned, Perez Rubio said.

Unfortunately, the law does not include the very popular spectacle of cockfighting, local legislative officials said Saturday. Rubio explained, “I’m against cockfighting. However, if we included a discussion on that subject, the law would never have passed.”

“Now with the law in place, it’s very easy to launch a movement to end cockfighting if that’s what people want,” Perez Rubio said.

♪hip hip hooray
three cheers
and ole♪

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

16 Comments leave one →
  1. narhvalur permalink
    May 9, 2013 7:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  2. May 9, 2013 7:28 pm

    Excellent! A very cruel sport. I saw one in Spain that made me sick. I can’t see what fun it is to torture and kill animals!


  3. May 9, 2013 8:22 pm

    Thank you for your compassion, Terry.


  4. EYG permalink
    May 10, 2013 12:24 am

    About damn time.


  5. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 10, 2013 3:16 am

    ♪hip hip hooray
    three cheers
    and ole♪


  6. May 10, 2013 10:01 am

    Reblogged this on Glenn62’s Blog.


  7. christine ehlers permalink
    May 10, 2013 11:39 am



  8. Jane Lewis permalink
    May 10, 2013 2:35 pm

    good news …keep up good work


  9. May 10, 2013 3:03 pm

    I agree.


  10. May 10, 2013 5:09 pm

    Fantastic news!!! This makes me sooo happy!! Lets keep the pressure on so we can get even more places to ban bull fighting


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