The city government ordered Bogota’s Bullfighting Corporation to abandon animal cruelty, including the death of the bull. As the corporation refused to do so, there will be a change, Petro said according to local media.
In a press release Petro said the arena, known as Santamaria, will now be part of the city’s education system a a venue for national writers and poets to teach public school students in.
The decision to close the venue was based on a Colombian Constitutional Court ruling which stated that activities involving “entertainment and cultural expression with animals” may be practiced, “provided [the animals] receive special protection against suffering and pain during the course of those activities,” Colombian weekly Semana reported.
Felipe Negret, manager of the Bullfighting Corporation, called the ban on bullfighting a threat to individual freedom and “very clearly” detrimental to cultural heritage, El Tiempo reported.
Last January Petro took a stance against bullfighting by renouncing the City Hall seating box in the arena.