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IPFS News Link • Mexico

Mexico City's Ban on Bullfighting Could be Death Knell to the 'Sport'

•, By Andy Corbley

However richly that culture is ingrained in the traditions and histories of Spain, and by extension, Mexico, there's no escaping the fact that for the bulls, who almost always lose the "fight," it's just a tragedy, without any romance.

For that reason, a majority of Mexican citizens recently polled supported a total moratorium on bullfighting in Mexico because the "animals are subject to mistreatment and cruelty that result in their death," according to the Mexican assembly's Animal Welfare Commission.

Bullfighting organizations have said they will appeal and contest the ban in Mexico City, however a higher court has already upheld a ban ruling against an appeal. Four states have already totally banned bullfighting, which historians believe may have passed the half-millennial anniversary in the country last year.

ABC news reports that a judge originally decreed a temporary ban in May, based on complaints that bullfights violated resident's rights to a healthy environment free from violence. The decision will now be made on whether or not the ban should be permanent.

Currently, La Plaza Mexico in the capital is the world's largest bullfighting venue, where matadors, toreadors, and picadors attempt to evade the fury of the bull, while repeatedly stabbing it with slightly-chemically-treated javelins to slowly weaken the animal before the toreador can finish it off with a thrust of his sword.