Colombia's Congress votes to ban bullfighting

Bull fight

Congress in Colombia has passed a bill that will ban bullfighting in the Andean country from 2027, the BBC reports. 

Animal rights activists had repeatedly protested vociferously against bullfighting. 

Bullfighting was introduced in Colombia was introduced by the Spanish during the times when this country was their colony and has become very popular gathering thousands of spectators in large arenas in cities such as Bogotá, Medellin and Manziales. 

The bill must be signed by the president, Gustavo Petro, but since he has supported the ban, this is being seen as a mere formality. 

The President has welcomed the approval of Congress, writing on the "X" platform that those "who enjoy killing animals will end up enjoying killing people." 

Proponents of bullfighting had protested against the bill.