Animal rights activists called for a veto last month. Animal rights activists called for a veto at a press conference last month.

Cockfight legislation vetoed by governor

Law will be sent back to Veracruz Congress for review

The governor of Veracruz has vetoed legislation that legalized cockfights and the running of bulls, arguing that it was a step backwards in the protection of animals.


The state Congress on July 25 reversed a ban imposed by the previous Congress last fall that put a stop to the fights, bull running and bullfights.

Not everyone had been in favor, including new state deputies who took office in November.

But Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, who described the practices as violence against animals, told a press conference today he would veto the law.

“. . . if violence is manifested daily in pastimes and in traditions, that violence in one way or another will permeate the social conscience and become a reasonable practice.”

Yunes said he had considered “thousands and thousands of communications” on the issue and encountered supporters and detractors of the new legislation, but decided to send it back to Congress for further review.

It was a step backwards for animal rights, he said.

He asked legislators to conduct an analysis taking into account his own observations on the law, international laws on the subject and the local opposition to it but conceded that if deputies decide to approve it as is he would be obliged to give it final approval.

Source: e-consulta (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • jdwfinger

    wow, a great start. i hope he is not killed for his stance for decency.

  • Stylez

    If the woman in the pic with the cleavage would switch side she would make a great ring girl for cock fights.

  • kallen

    This is positive. I applaud his stance on this issue. Mexico needs more like him.

  • Alex Double

    A great decision!

  • DeplorableVI

    In Mexico it’s cheaper to care about animals and not Mexicans. How about clean water for the people? HOw about honest leaders who provide jobs so Mexicans don’t have to invade neighbors begging for food?

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  • Becky Milward

    Thank God that there are human beings who understand that all animals are senscient beings and can be tortured just as we “HUMANS” can be tortued. Those who brutalize animals should receive the same fate.