The Governor of the Northern Mexican State of Coahuila, Rubén Moreira Valdez, enacted a decree for the Reform of the Animal Protection and Fair Treatment Law, in doing so banning the tradition of bullfighting. Coahuila becomes the third state in the country to ban the sport.
Moreira, accompanied by Government Congress Meeting President José María Fraustro Siller, deputies Javier de Jesús Rodríguez Mendoza and Claudia Elisa Morales Salazar and former local legislator José Refugio Sandoval, announced the initiative to the legislative power.
The suggestion was approved by local legislators Aug. 21, with 16 votes in favor and five against.
The governor confirmed that the bill prohibits the running of bulls, heifers and bullocks. The practice of taunting the animals and spearing them has also been banned.
Moreira thanked local legislators who debated the bill, including those who did not support it, as well as the various community members who protested against the spectacle.
He noted that Coahuila is joining the states of Guerrero and Sonora in banning events which are violent, barbarous and cruel toward animals, adding that Mexican heroes Benito Juárez and Venustiano Carranza also wanted to ban bullfighting.
The governor added that he believes that bullfighting is a spectacle dying around the world, stating his hope that Coahuila becomes a reference point for other states around the country to ban the tradition.
The cruelty and suffering experienced by animals in the ring is a clear sign of the event’s failure, said Moreira.
The reform will “comply with international animal protection standards … not only is this an issue of violence, but also of torture,” said the governor. Moreira said that unfortunately the bill was not unanimously approved, due to arguments suggesting that bullfighting is an art form and an important part of Mexican culture.
“This is not true, because art creates positive things. It does not mistreat and torture living beings,” concluded governor Moreira.