Mexico City legislators may ban bullfighting

Mexico City's bullfights this season may be the last. The city assembly is trying to revive a ban on the activity.

Mexico City legislators may ban bullfighting

The season ended Sunday at Plaza Mexico Arena in the city. Protesters marked it -- as is now a routine -- with a protest.

The Animal Welfare Commission of the Assembly gave preliminary approval last year to a bill banning public events "atwhich animals are subjected to mistreatment or cruelty that results in their death." However, it never got to the full assembly for a vote.

Alberto Luvianos, a human rights activist for animals, believes that legislators might have been intimidated by the loss of income.

Luvianos stated that while they recognized the rights of animals, the problem they are concerned about is the income from bullfighting. He estimated that the fights created approximately 3,000 jobs.

Bullfighting organizations claim that the true number is ten times greater.

Evangelina Escolarillo is one among them. For over 20 years she has been a street vendor in the surrounding area. The income allowed her to have nine children. She is uneasy at the thought of a ban.

Estudillo stated that "the president would have to take action." "Look at how many families depend on this."

Four Mexican states have banned bullfights since 2013, and polls show that there is substantial support for a ban. A ban on bullfighting in Mexico City, which is currently the biggest venue for these events, would be a setback international.

Paco Dominguez who sells posters and bullfighting merchandise said, "I respect those that are against it. But I don't disagree." It is an art form, part of culture that I enjoy and make my living from it.

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