This Tuesday, May 15, a week of the hearing held in the Constitutional Court (CC) on the possibility of bullfighting in the capital is banned.
During the diligence last Tuesday, the CC established a deadline of 72 hours to study the arguments of those who ask for the total abolition of bullfighting shows in Quito, as well as the Municipality, the defendant.
The case is pending resolution from November 18, 2011, when the unconstitutionality lawsuit was filed by Felipe Ogaz and Valentina León, on behalf of the Diabluma Collective.
Animal rights activists claim that the reform of Ordinance 127, executed by the previous Metropolitan Council on September 15, 2011, contravenes the result of the Popular Consultation that same year.
The question posed said: “Do you agree that in the canton of your home are prohibited the shows that have the purpose of killing the animal?”. The “Yes” option obtained 50.8% of the votes in Quito. And before that, the last legislature of the capital reformed the regulations canceling the third of the deaths of the bulls in the ring, but allowing this type of events to continue taking place.
For this reason, runs have continued, especially during December, in the Plaza Belmonte, located in the San Blas sector.
However, the Jesús del Gran Poder Fair was held for the last time during the Fiestas de Quito 2011, since the 2012 edition was canceled due to the little interest generated among the public after the mutilation of the show.
Members of Diabluma and other organizations such as Protección Animal Ecuador (PAE) believe that the reform of the Council is not related to the spirit of the text of the question asked in the referendum.
The suit was originally filed against former mayor Augusto Barrera, as head of the capital city hall at that time. But the current municipal administration now acts as defendant. (I)