Posted: 23 January 2017. Updated: 15 February 2017
ADI and fellow animal protection groups in Colombia, under the coalition Colombia Sin Toreo, are calling on the government to ban bullfighting. A joint letter requesting that a bill be presented and supported by the government was received by the Minister of the Interior Fernando Cristo and his Vice Minister Luis Ernesto Gomez on 17 January 2017. During a meeting the following week, the Minister and Vice Minister indicated their support for a ban and announced a bill would be introduced in Congress.
This is an historic opportunity to end one of the bloodiest shows on earth. ADI and dozens of groups appreciate the call by government to build the campaign in a broad and participatory manner.
Colombia has made some significant legal advances for the protection of animals. In 1989 the National Animal Protection Statute was created; in 2013 the use of wild animals in circuses was banned through the law 1638; and in 2016 animal abuse was criminalized through the Law Against Animal Abuse 1774. Latin America is becoming a legislative benchmark for ending abuse, however further measures are needed to provide the protection both wild and captive animals need. In the capital of Bogota, bullfights had been prohibited but returned this year after a 4-year hiatus.
In February of this year the Colombian Constitutional Court gave Congress two years to legislate on animal shows. If this deadline is met without the Congress making a decision, several shows including bullfights, and cockfights, will become illegal in the country.
Please help end bullfighting in Colombia and animals across Latin America.