Colombia court overturns bullfighting ban

Aug 23, 2018

Colombia’s constitutional court reversed a decision to ban bullfighting, a long-standing tradition in the country. Animal rights activists are promising to fight the decision in the national congress.

Bullfighting could return in Colombia.

The court ruled Wednesday that it has removed bullfighting from a list of animal abuse crimes a year and a half after banning the activity.

The ban does not take force immediately as the court gave congress a two-year deadline to produce a law to manage and control bullfighting. The court ruled that congress can allow voluntary bans but not a mandatory nationwide ban. In effect, the ruling makes bullfighting legal after 2019.

Two members of congress objected, saying the court does not have the authority to write laws.

The court did maintain a ban on public financing of bullfighting events, leaving the costs for the organization of the controversial “corridas de toros” with a reportedly shrinking group of aficionados.

Credit: Colombia Reports,

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