In June 2022, a judge ordered an indefinite suspension of bullfighting in Mexico City, supporting animal rights activists….reports Asian Lite News
Mexico City’s monumental bullfighting arena saw a return of bloody spectacles on Sunday, marking the first event since the Supreme Court overturned a previous suspension, sparking protests by anti-bullfighting activists. The largest bullfighting stadium globally, Monumental Plaza de Toros, hosted the controversial event, featuring renowned bullfighter Joselito Adame. The phrase “Freedom. Bulls, living culture” adorned the arena but faded during the evening amid the bullfight.
In June 2022, a judge ordered an indefinite suspension of bullfighting in Mexico City, supporting animal rights activists. However, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to revoke the suspension has reignited the debate. Protesters, prevented by police from entering, expressed their opposition with some donning bull masks and red paint, symbolizing blood.
Spectators inside, like Alejandra Diaz, celebrated the return of bullfighting, emphasizing its cultural significance. Meanwhile, anti-bullfighting groups anticipate a final decision in their favor soon, seeking to end the centuries-old tradition permanently.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has suggested a potential referendum on the future of bullfighting in Mexico City following the high court’s decision. While four Mexican states have already banned bullfighting, proponents argue that the practice contributes significantly to the economy, generating millions in revenue and employing around 80,000 people in 2018.