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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

Bullfighting, one of Mexico’s most cherished cultural traditions, may soon be banned in Mexico City, which boasts the world’s largest bullring, the Plaza de Toros México.

On Monday, Dec. 6, a special commission of the city’s congress voted four in favor against one abstention to ban the sport, claiming that it constituted an act of animal cruelty.

In addition, the legislators approved a law that states that whoever violates the new ruling can be fined up to 4.9 million pesos.

Notwithstanding, the congressional commission, which is responsible for animal welfare, did not have the necessary quorum to pass the vote since three of its members — all belonging to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party — were not in attendance.

In accordance with Article 106 of the Mexico City Congressional Regulations, a committee can only pass a law if it is approved by an absolute majority of its members, which is this case would require five votes in favor, not four.

It remains to be seen if any further vote will be held on the matter.

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