On Sunday, 28 January, the first corrida in two years took place in Mexico City, attracting many animal rights activists.
Corrida, or traditional bullfighting, is popular in several countries, including Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. However, there has been a long-standing dispute regarding these performances. Animal rights activists have consistently criticised corridas, arguing that they involve the torture of bulls, which eventually bleed to death in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
On Sunday, January 28th, the first corrida in two years took place in the Mexican capital, yet again sparking controversy. The event has received extensive criticism from the public, with protesters taking to the city streets to express their opposition.
Bullfighting sparks controversy again
Bullfighting has been a traditional form of entertainment in Mexico since the 16th century. However, in 2022, the activity was banned indefinitely in the country's capital due to the efforts of animal rights activists. This decision was later overturned by the Supreme Court in 2023, much to the disappointment of activists.
As a result, bullfighting made a comeback in the Mexican capital, with the first event held on Sunday evening and attracting a crowd of over 40,000 enthusiasts.
Activist protests during the corrida
Several hundred protesters gathered in front of the arena during the bullfighting event. The media reported that six bulls participated in the show, but unfortunately, all the animals were killed.
While the protests remained peaceful, there were a few tense situations where some activists threw plastic bottles or stones at the arena to express their discontent. The protesters also shouted accusations at the matadors (i.e. bullfighters), accusing them of being murderers and mistreating animals.
According to the animal rights organisation Humane Society International (HSI), about 250,000 animals are killed in bullfights around the world each year.