Quintana Roo Congress bans bullfights and cockfights

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Any act that involves suffering or harm to animals, such as bullfighting and cockfighting, has been officially prohibited in the state of Quintana Roo, according to the recently approved Animal Protection and Welfare Act.

According to a statement issued by the state Congress, this law also seeks to foster a culture of animal protection, as well as establishing rules for the breeding, sale and display of animals, and establishes protocols and procedures for the capturing of abandoned or lost animals.

The Legislative Plenary of Quintana Roo endorsed the new law, which incorporates the proposals included in the public work tables with civil society, including the minimum requirements to have a pet or the bases for an animal protection group to rescue an abandoned or abused pet in a home.

Quintana Roo joins other Mexican states such as Sonora, Guerrero and Oaxaca, where bullfighting has been prohibited. Groups of activists dedicated to the protection of animals fight to ban bullfighting nationwide, while others defend this activity, as they consider it a tradition and Cultural Heritage.

In the same extraordinary period in which the Animal Protection Law was passed, the Congress of Quintana Roo gave the green light to thirteen other reforms, including a reform of the State Beekeeping Protection and Development Law, seeking to rescue the region’s own bee, which is in danger of extinction.

Source: The Riviera Maya Times



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