Jun 7, 2022 - World

Judge keeps Mexico City bullfighting suspension in place

A matador dressed in traditional regalio, which is purple, waves his red cloth over a charging bull
A bullfighter in Mexico. Photo: Sye Williams/Getty Images.

A judge has allowed a temporary stay on bullfighting in Mexico City to continue while a lawsuit challenging its legality moves forward.

Why it matters: Mexico City hosts the world’s largest bullfighting arena, Plaza México, which fits 50,000 people.

Driving the news: The judge's ruling was made public Tuesday.

  • He first paused all bullfights for the month of June at Plaza México after the organization Justicia Junta sued, arguing bullfighting violates local animal protection laws.
  • Now that stay will extend past June.

Supporters say banning the tradition would be a “violation of and a unilateral assault against the human right to enjoy culture.”

  • They say a ban threatens the socioeconomic apparatus built around bullfighting, from breeders to vendors near Plaza México.
  • Plaza México is counter-suing, arguing the judge didn't have authority to pause bullfighting.

Flashback: Spaniards introduced bullfighting in Mexico around 1562, and it’s been a tradition passed down through generations.

  • But five Latin American countries have banned it as concerns over animal rights grew.
  • Five Mexican states have already banned bullfighting: Sinaloa, Sonora, Coahuila, Guerrero and Quintana Roo.
  • A bill to permanently ban bullfighting passed out of committee in February in Mexico City. A full vote hasn’t been scheduled yet.
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