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Colombia said: No more bullfights

It also prohibits the use of horses and steers as part of bullfighting or any type of "cruel entertainment with animals."

Colombia's House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday banning bullfighting in the country. With 93 votes in favor and only 2 against, a very important advance in the field of the protection of animal rights and marks the end of a tradition that has been the subject of criticism for years.

A decisive vote and a celebration in Congress

The bill also prohibits the use of horses and steers as part of bullfighting. The enthusiasm on the part of congressmen and animal defenders has not been long in coming. Just hearing the results, phrases like “No more bullfighting, no more bullfighting!” in the venue, reflecting the satisfaction and relief of activists.

Senator Esmeralda, who has promoted this law, testifying about this historical fact

Senator Esmeralda Hernández, of the Historical Pact and speaker of the project in the Senate, expressed her joy on social networks: “It is the law of the republic! We did it, the bullfights are over in my Colombia. “It is one of the happiest days of my life.”

Conciliation process and presidential sanction

It is important to clarify that the law has been approved by the House, but still requires conciliation with the Senate; differences in the texts approved in both chambers must go through other adjustment processes, generally expeditious.

President Gustavo Petro is a well-known anti-bullfighting man who has shown his support, congratulating those who “finally managed to make death not a spectacle.”

In 2012, when he was mayor of Bogotá, Petro prohibited the use of the La Santamaría bullring for bullfights, openly showing his position against these practices.

The measure will not have immediate action, there will be a 3-year transition process

A three-year transition process

Senator Hernández explained that the ban will not come into effect immediately, but rather a transition process will be established three years. Enough time to identify the families that depend on the bullfighting sector. So that the transition is facilitated with support towards other economic activities, such as commerce or tourism.

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Susana Muhamad, described the approval of the project as an “ethical advance” and congratulated the activists who have fought for this cause for more than a decade. “This is a significant achievement for the animal movement and a crucial step towards more humane treatment of animals,” she said.

Activists rejoice after the ban

The ban on bullfighting in Colombia is a milestone in the country's political and legislative agenda, joining a group of Latin American nations such as Venezuela, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador, where bullfighting also faces restrictions or partial bans.

The decision of the Colombian Congress reflects a cultural and social change in the perception of animal rights. As societies evolve, practices that were previously accepted as traditions are now questioned and reevaluated under new ethics and sensibilities.

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