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Bullfighting returns to Mexico as court lifts ban

Mexico is home to one of the only three bullfighting rings in the world

By Web Desk
January 10, 2024
Bullfighting event in Mexico — NBC news
Bullfighting event in Mexico — NBC news

In a shocking turn of events, Mexico's supreme court has lifted the ban on bullfighting with the controversial sport returning to the country, NBC News reported. 

The decision has brought in different kinds of reactions from people with some rejoicing with excitement while many are sceptical. The overturning of the ban has increased the fear of animal rights activists.

According to Human Society International, every year around 180,000 bulls die due to either bullfighting or bull parties.

The request for the ban was brought in by an animal rights group — Justice Justa — which claimed that these bullfighting events create an "unhealthy and hostile" environment for the residents of the city subjecting them to violence and animal cruelty. 

The ban was announced in June 2022.

Mexico, known as the capital of bullfighting, has the world’s largest bullfighting ring and plans to host "Fiesta Brava" events once more. No dates have been yet announced, as reported by the NBC.

The country is home to one of the only three bullfighting rings in the world. Plaza de Toris in Mexico City is the world’s largest bullfighting ring and can seat up to 40,000 people.

According to the figures shown by the National Association of Breeders of Fighting Bulls in Mexico, bullfighting generates 80,000 direct, and 146,000 indirect jobs across the country. Overall the industry generates approximately $400 million a year.