Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Bogotá, Colombia, bans bullfighting

Posted: 15 June 2012


The Mayor of Bogotá has announced that bullfighting will no longer be allowed in Colombia’s capital city, following a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and other local groups, highlighting the suffering involved.

Mayor Gustavo Petro has stated that he will end bullfighting after bullfight organisers Taurine Corporation refused to agree that animals would not be killed during the fights, a condition made by the city, if the events were to continue.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI, said: "ADI congratulates the Mayor and his District Development team for this commendable decision which creates a broad framework for the protection of animals in Bogotá. Every city in the world should follow this lead; animal suffering for human entertainment is not acceptable in modern society. “

Meanwhile Taurine Corporation has threatened legal action to try to overturn the decision.

Eduardo Peña, ADI representative to Colombia, said: "We are close to seeing an end to bullfighting in Bogotá, thanks to cultural and social change and the political will of leaders such as Mayor Gustavo Petro."

It is envisaged that the Plaza La Santamaría – where bullfights are currently held – and the surrounding area will develope into a cultural hub.

Media contact:
Angie Greenaway, Animal Defenders International
Tel: 020 7630 3344 or 07785 552548

District of Bogotá Development Plan
The Development Plan is a roadmap for the next four years of Mayor Petro’s administration and can be viewed here (in Spanish).

Animal Defenders International
With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

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