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The Congress of the Mexican state of Sinaloa has banned bullfighting. After Sonora, Guerrero, Coahuila, and Quintana Roo, this is the fifth state in Mexico that has recently banned this horrible spectacle where bulls are tortured to death. 

The only place where bullfights still take place in this Northwestern Mexican State is the city of Mazatlán, which stages them every year during its Carnival.

The new law was passed on 25th January 2022 by the Sinaloa Congress with 36 votes in favour. It ratifies the opinion presented by Deputy Pedro Lobo, in conjunction with several civil organizations, covering various provisions related to the Law for the Protection of Animals, the Environmental Law for Sustainable Development and the Penal Code. It bans bullfighting and dogfighting and increases the protection of wild animals. It also prohibits bestiality and abandoning animals on public roads or in a place far from their natural habitat. Dogs and cats will no longer be euthanized for population control. Unfortunately, it does not ban cockfighting, which is popular in the State. 

The Dutch anti-bullfighting organisation CAS International has said: “We are very pleased with this news and hope that more states will prohibit bullfighting like Sinaloa just did. CAS has been working with Mexican organizations for years to end bullfighting in Mexico.”

Our attention now lies on Mexico City. If a new proposed Bill is passed by the local government, Mexico City, the most populated city in North America where the biggest bullfighting ring in the world is, could ban bullfighting in 2022. In early December of 2021, the Animal Welfare Commission of the Congress of Mexico City proposed a Bill for the banning of bullfighting, but the President of the Commission stopped the progress of this Bill saying that he wanted to consult further the families of people that may be affected by such ban. This process is set to resume this year.