Mexico City - A commission of the Legislative Assembly (local congress) of the Federal District of Mexico City has approved a bill that bans bullfighting in the capital city.
The bill, which will go to forward for discussion and vote, was approved by the Commission of Public Administration by three votes. Two legislators dissented, one of which left the room during the voting.
Those who dissented explained that stopping the bullfights would increase unemployment in the population. They also argued that of the forums held to hear the arguments for and against the bullfighting, only the opposing side was heard.
Civil organizations who defend animal rights expressed their satisfaction with the decision, and see it as another step forward in stopping animal abuse. Members of Mexico's "Green Party" celebrated the passing of the bill, calling it "historic."The bill is now set to be heard by the General Assembly in the session period, which ends on April 30th.