By Lucy Adautin
The return of bullfighting in Mexico’s capital have caused mixed feelings as it excites fans and upsets animal rights group.
This comes days after Mexico’s Supreme Court lifted a suspension on bullfights in the world’s largest bullring.
A young bullfighter practiced his steps and waved his cape in front of a bull’s head mounted on a wheeled cart.
The pageant was prohibited when a judge banned it in the city in June 2022. Recently, the country’s Supreme Court of Justice lifted the ban, the capital being home to what is known as the world’s largest bullfighting ring plans to host “fiesta brava” events once more.
Juan Esteban Arboleda Gómez who is an aspiring bullfighter, or “novillero” said, “To know that the dream is even closer pushes me further”.
For fans, the high court’s ruling last month was a source of relief and celebration as Arboleda Gómez, who is known professionally as Juan Gómez “Dynasty,” is one of the thousands of people who struggled to make ends meet during the past year and a half.
Date for the new bullfight have not been announced yet.
A legal complaint brought by the organization Justicia Justa, which alleged that bullfights translated to an unhealthy environment by subjecting Mexico City residents to violence and animal cruelty.
Jorge Gaviño, a member of the Mexico City Congress who has unsuccessfully pushed three local measures against bullfighting, said “It’s very complicated, but it doesn’t discourage us because sooner or later we’re going to achieve the thing we set out to do, bullfighting festivals have fewer and fewer followers”.