Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Warning: the project that aimed to ban bullfighting in Colombia sunk in the third debate

Bullfighting in Colombia is still alive. The Fifth Committee of the House of Representatives sank in the third debate the bill that aimed to ban bullfighting throughout the country.

This initiative was conceived by Senator Andrea Padilla e Eventually he lost all support from the benches who felt the initiative was not well planned and limited themselves to talking about a ban without thinking about the well-being of families living off livestock.

During the debate, a negative presentation was presented by the representative Ana Rogelia Monsalve, who called for the failure of the initiative, considering that it presents structural problems. Finally, the members of the commission supported her and her document was approved with 11 votes in favor and 9 against. That result of the vote translated the bill file.

The deputy indicated that Senator Andrea Padilla’s initiative did not contemplate solutions for bullfighters, farmers and families working in the fields and that, therefore, it was an initiative without feasibility and which would have generated further economic problems in Colombia.

“We understood that it is a project that turns its back on the territories, there are many families who live on bullfighting, gallistics, horse riding and corraleja. Nobody took them into consideration and this would have generated a very big affectation,” said Ana Rogelia Monsalve.

He added that Congress must have a serious debate on this population and a real regulation that includes all sectors. “This project came from the Senate with procedural flaws and with great irresponsibility because it did not think of the people. There is a popular economy that cannot be ignored and we tell the country that we will regulate these activities so that there is a better quality of life for these families and for the animals”. reiterated the deputy.

Therefore, bullfighting can continue to be practiced without any problems in Colombia, even if there is controversy in Congress because animal rights activists believe that the debate had no substantial arguments to sink the initiative.

This was indicated by the representative Juan Carlos Losada “This is the second time this supposedly progressive Congress and Government of Change has allowed this project to sink.”

He added: “The commitment of the Petro government in this matter has been null, they have allowed the projects to sink in the Senate and in the House. They also didn’t allow an article in favor of animals to be included in the National Development Plan, we are disappointed”.

Juan Carlos Losada, Representative Of The Chamber For Bogota

Deputy Losada refers to the fact that a bill in the same sense also sunk in the plenary session of the House of Representatives and also lost the political support of the various benches. However, the biggest annoyance of the Liberal Party deputy is that one of Gustavo Petro’s electoral promises was to end bullfighting in Colombia.

The bullfighters present at the Congress of the Republic said that the decision of the legislators was right because for them the whole issue of bullfighting is a profession that also has a social significance in the main squares of the country.

Currently, The animal rights activists did not essentially pronounce themselves on the decision of the House of Representatives, but they will certainly file a bill to this effect again in the next legislature. Thus, the fairs in Cali and Manizales can take place without problems and a bull run is being prepared for Luis Bolívar with six Mondoñedo bulls in Santamaría de Bogotá for the middle of the year.

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