The Supreme Court was unable to uphold the constitutionality of a bullfighting ban in Coahuila last week because the company that challenged the state-based law decided to withdraw its complaint.
For the time being, the blood sport known popularly as la fiesta brava does not face a legal question over its ongoing viability in the 28 Mexican states where it hasn’t been banned.
A Coahuila company that previously staged bullfights, had challenged the ban that was imposed by the state goverment in 2015, arguing that it violated freedom of work rights as set out in the constitution.
However, the second chamber of the Supreme Court looked likely to rule against its claim with one judge saying that “there are sufficient reasons to justify its prohibition.”
With that in mind, the company took the decision to halt its legal action to prevent a precedent being established that could have a negative impact on the survival of bullfighting at the national level.
The bullfighting industry feared that a ruling from the court declaring the prohibition constitutionally sound could give animal rights groups further ammunition with which to pressure other states to impose bans on the sport.
Nevertheless, sooner or later the court still may be required to make a ruling on the constitutionality of bans and in the interim the law preventing bullfighting in Coahuila will remain in place.