Ecuador votes to ban bullfighting
Following a national referendum, voters in Ecuador have approved a nationwide ban on bullfighting.
The ban prohibits the killing, stabbing or any other form of wounding of bulls in a bullfight. However, it stops short of a complete ban on all bullfighting displays.
Liam Raftery, Campaigner at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This is a fantastic result. Bullfighting is a barbaric and outdated activity, and the people of Ecuador have bravely turned their backs on it.”
Mr Raftery added, “Last year bullfighting was banned in the Spanish region of Catalonia, and this latest victory could prove to be the trigger for even more success. At present there are movements already underway to ban bullfighting in other South American countries including Colombia and Mexico.”
The question of whether or not to ban bullfighting was one of ten questions included in a far-reaching national referendum on constitutional reforms. Other measures approved by voters include new regulations for banks and a ban on cockfighting.
The League Against Cruel Sports campaigns for a global ban on bullfighting.