Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Ignoring pledge to animal advocates, Puebla announces bullfighting arena

Despite having made a campaign commitment to respect the rights of animals, Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa has announced the construction of a new bullfighting arena and cockfighting ring in the capital city.

“In a few weeks the secretary of tourism is going to present the plan for the Puebla State Fair, with the lineup for the bullfights, the lineup for the cockfights, a community theater [and] folk art,” he said.

He emphasized that the fair will be “grand, not the dinky thing it has become.”

And part of that return to greatness will be the construction of new facilities for events Barbosa had previously pledged would not occur during his administration.

“Immediately afterwards we’re going to begin construction on the foundations for the Plaza de Toros [bullfighting arena] and a palenque [cockfighting ring],” adding that it wouldn’t be like “the jury-rigged version it is today. Puebla deserves better than a bullfighting arena made of boards and sticks.”

During his 2018 campaign for governor, Barbosa, of the Morena party, signed a document promising to honor seven proposals by animal rights activists including one to “restrict violent events involving animals.”

He lost that bid to National Action Party (PAN) candidate Marta Erika Alonso in a highly contested election for which suspected irregularities had triggered a recount.

However, Barbosa ended up winning a special election held after Alonso and her husband were killed in a helicopter crash two weeks after she took office.

In response to his announcement, animal rights activists created a petition campaign on to put a stop to the construction of the bullfighting arena.

The petition had 2,336 signatures as of Monday afternoon.

Source: Reforma (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.

Got 1 min? Find out which restaurant is Mexico’s best for 2023

The 2023 edition of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants includes this Valle de Guadalupe restaurant among the top 5 in the entire region.
Maya Train

When can I buy tickets for the Maya Train?

The ambitious Maya Train project is close to inaugurating its first section. Find out when tickets will be available and how much they cost.

5 journalists attacked in Guerrero and Michoacán

The Tuesday shootings left five men hospitalized in what has been described as "one of the largest mass attacks" on Mexican media workers in 10 years.