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Colombia mobilizes against bullfighting!

Posted: 19 February 2017. Updated: 18 July 2017


The Colombia Sin Toreo coalition, of which ADI is part, campaigns to support the abolition of bullfighting in Colombia through the process and approval of government legislation.

Following meetings and collaboration with members of the coalition, the Minister of the Interior announced the filing of a bill that will eliminate bullfighting in the country.

The hopeful announcement unleashed a wave of global action. Letters in support of the bill to were handed in to Colombian embassies and consulates, with candlelit vigils held outside. Countries participating in the spontaneous call for a Colombia Without Bullfighting included United Kingdom, United Status, The Netherlands, Lisbon, Spain, Bulgaria, Ecuador, France, and Peru.

In Colombia, a weekend of action took place on February 18 and 19. Citizens from many regions expressed their full support for legislation to leave cruel and violent traditions using animals such as bullfighting in the past. Some of the cities that took part - organising marches, candlelit vigils, artistic and culture events, conferences etc. - included Cali, Medellín, Pasto, Bugalagrande, Popayán, Barranquilla, Ibagué, Manizales, Putumayo, Risaralda, Bucaramanga and Bogotá. Support for the events reflect the wishes of Colombian public to leave in the past this bloody and violent tradition.

You can take action too!

  • Urge the Colombian Embassy in your country to support proposals to ban bullfighting in Colombia. Click for contact details in English / Spanish.

  • Support the campaign by making a donation today!

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