Mexican judge orders suspension of bullfights in world's largest ring
Mexican lawmakers will vote on a plan to suspend bullfighting in the world's largest bullring, following activists' objections.
A Mexican judge ordered Friday the suspension of bullfighting in Mexico City's Plaza de Toros - the world's largest bullring - after activists filed a lawsuit against the centuries-old practice.
Organizers "must immediately suspend bullfighting shows... as well as the granting of permits," the federal court ruled in response to a petition by the group Justicia Justa.
Another hearing is due to be held on Thursday to consider arguments and evidence from the two sides, ahead of the next scheduled event at the Plaza de Toros on July 2.
It is the first time that a court has ordered such a suspension, following years of legal action by civil organizations seeking a ban.
Mexico allows practicing bullfighting, but the tradition - and the 50,000-capacity Plaza de Toros - face an uncertain future.
In December, an animal welfare commission in Mexico City's legislature approved a proposal to prohibit the tradition in the capital.
Lawmakers have yet to vote on the plan, which dismayed supporters of bullfighting, as well as the multimillion-dollar industry surrounding it.
So far, only a handful of Mexico's 32 states have banned the practice, which was brought by the Spaniards in the 16th century.