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May 29, 2009

Poll: Mexicans Oppose Government Funding of Bullfighting

Humane Society International

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — A strong majority of Mexicans oppose government subsidies and promotion of the bullfighting industry. Humane Society International, Asociación Mexicana por los Derechos de los Animales (AMEDEA) and México Antitaurino joined together today to announce the results of a public opinion poll.

Facts:

  • 88 percent of respondents do not think it is right for the government to use taxpayer money in support of the bullfighting industry. 
  • 87 percent oppose the use of government funds to create and maintain bullfighting schools. 86 percent do not think it is right for the government to use public media to promote bullfighting. 
  • 66 percent call for immediate government action to prohibit the use of public resources in support of bullfighting. 
  • 83 percent of poll respondents do not believe that government authorities should allow and promote the participation of children in bullfighting.

"We call on government officials to heed the views of its citizens. Leaders at the federal, state, and local levels should take immediate action to end all subsidies and promotion of the bullfighting industry," said Susan Prolman, director of campaigns for HSI. "Humane Society International will continue working with our partners AMEDEA and México Antitaurino to see that this happens."

"These results confirm what we already believed — that a strong majority of Mexicans oppose the use of taxpayer money to aid the bullfighting industry," said Gustavo Larios Velasco, president of AMEDEA and México Antitaurino. "There are so many pressing issues for the Mexican government to address. Supporting a cruel and outdated industry is simply not one of them."

The poll was conducted between May 24 and May 28, 2009 by the Mexican public opinion firm Parametria. The results reported in this press release have a margin of error of +/-2.8 percent. The poll sampled 1,200 adults nationwide in random face to face surveys.   

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Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations — backed by 11 million people, or one of every 28. HSI is creating a better future for animals and people through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — On the web at hsi.org.

Asociación Mexicana por los Derechos de los Animales (AMEDEA) is a non-profit association that brings together people of different professional profiles with the objective of protecting animals from cruelty and promoting the ethical treatment of them — On the web at amedea.org.mx.

México Antitaurino is the union of people working together to end bullfights, child bullfighting, and similar events in which bovines and equines are treated cruelly for the amusement of people — On the web at mexicoantitaurino.org.

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