On 28th February 2024, the Fourth District Judge in Civil, Administrative and Labor matters in the State of Puebla, Mexico, ruled to suspend bullfighting events throughout the State. The judge granted the appeal claims to the civil association Protectores Animalistas de Zacatlán, which was represented in the trial by the association Círculo de Amparo.

However, it is possible that the Congress of the State of Puebla or the Governor of the State may file an appeal for review against the sentence handed down by the Judge and it is in the next judicial instance, before the Magistrates of the Collegiate Circuit Court in the State of Puebla, where such suspension will be confirmed or revoked. 

In the first trial regarding indirect appeal complaint 1455/2022, the Judge declared unconstitutional Article 19 of the Animal Welfare Law in the State of Puebla that allows bullfighting. Likewise, appeal complaint 819/2023 was resolved, where bullfighting spectacles are prohibited in the Plaza de Toros el Relicario, so there will no longer be bullfights for the May 2024 fair.

David Maldonado, President of the Círculo de Amparo Association, said, “It is a historic ruling in favour of the healthy environment and animal welfare, it was demonstrated in the trial that bullfighting shows generate unnecessary suffering. Freedom cannot be above animals.” 

This is the first time that the prohibition of bullfighting has taken place in Mexico through judicial channels since the others were done through laws approved by representatives of the state congresses. For example, in 2022, the Congress of the Mexican state of Sinaloa banned bullfighting. After Sonora, Guerrero, Coahuila and Quintana Roo, this was the fifth state in Mexico to ban this horrific spectacle where bulls are tortured to death.

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’.