cock fight In Veracruz, this is legal once again. The photo shows a controversial cock fight in a Walmart store in Boca del Río in 2014.

Cockfights are back after Veracruz reversal

Lawmakers overturn last fall's ban on cockfighting, bull-running

An ban imposed last fall on cockfights in Veracruz didn’t last very long: the state Congress yesterday reversed the earlier law, legalizing cockfighting, bullfights and the running of bulls.

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State deputies approved an animal protection law in November, creating a special attorney’s office to oversee crimes against animals and an animal monitoring brigade.

The law also proposed actions designed to promote responsible pet ownership.

But opponents to the bill didn’t take it lying down.

In December, cockfight organizers protested, demanding the law be modified to allow the practice to continue.

The law faced a litmus test two months after when citizens of the UNESCO heritage town of Tlacotalpan confronted state police and environmental officials to protest the ban on the centuries old bull run held on Candlemas, an annual 10-day festival that begins on January 31.

Yesterday, bull-running and cockfighting supporters got what they wanted thanks to last year’s election, which on November 5 replaced all 50 deputies in the state Congress. The vote went 25 in favor and 15 against.

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Among those voting in favor of modifying the animal protection law was Deputy Camerino Basilio Picazo Pérez, affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and a cock breeder himself.

Echoing the arguments made by opponents to the law, Picazo stated the activity represents an important source of income and generates half a million direct and indirect jobs in the state.

Rodrigo García Escalante of the governing National Action Party (PAN), also spoke for the reversal, claiming that close to three million cockfights are held every year in Mexico, 100,000 of which are in Veracruz, and that the state is the country’s leading producer of fighting cocks.

Escalante also managed to work in the issue of abortion to support his position, although in a somewhat convoluted fashion. “I want to ask those who are against legalizing cockfights but in favor of a mother being able to get an abortion, and killing children, how can the employment generated by cockfighting be replaced?”

On the other side of the argument was Deputy María del Rocío Pérez Pérez of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party and president of the congressional environmental commission. She tried but failed to postpone the vote, arguing that the commission had been bypassed during discussions that led to it.

Source: Milenio (sp), Animal Político (sp)

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  • flash101

    If you all like to watch fighting do it between consenting humans.

  • Jessie Foley

    MAY THOSE WHOSE ACTIONS INVOLVE THIS HORRIFYING CRUELTY TO INNOCENT CREATURES, BE TORMENTED FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AND PUNISHED FOR THIS. YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS! THE GOVERNMENT OF VERACRUZ HAS NO REGARD FOR INNOCENT CREATURES. CORRUPTION OF THIS NATURE WILL NOT GO ON UNPUNISHED!!!!

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