On 6th December 2023, the Supreme Court of Mexico lifted a 2022 suspension that temporarily prevented bullfighting from taking place in Mexico City, opening the way for these cruel and bloody events to resume. The one-and-a-half years pause of the almost 500 years of bullfighting tradition in the city seems that will end next year unless new laws are passed, or new legal cases are initiated. 

In June 2022, District Judge Jonathan Bass Herrera, head of the First District Court in Administrative Matters of Mexico, granted the provisional suspension of bullfighting in Mexico City and ordered that the authorities also suspend the granting of permits to perform such cruel spectacles. This was to give time to the courts to deal with the complaint issued by the group Justicia Justa, which aims to ban all bullfighting in the city. They argue that the two laws that allow bullfighting in the capital are unconstitutional because they allow bulls to be treated in a degrading and stigmatizing way.

However, it seems that the panel of five justices have decided to lift the suspension because they do not consider that the group Justicia Justa represents the animals’ side, as it is not an animal protection organisation. 

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on the day of this decision holding up placards reading “Bulls Yes, Bullfighters No!” and “Mexico says no to bullfights.”

Jorge Gaviño, a city councilman who has tried three times to pass legislation for a permanent ban, said, “Animals are not things, they are living beings with feelings, and these living, feeling beings deserve protection under the constitution of Mexico City.”

Since 2013, several Mexico states have banned bullfights, but even though the press had erroneously reported that Mexico City had also banned it, the pause was just a temporary suspension, not a ban (so, the recent press reports that such a ban has been overturned continue to be inaccurate).

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.