Horse-drawn carriages and bullfighting have been banned in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (QR), which includes the tourist meccas of Cancún and Cozumel, in a huge win for animals, according to Riviera Maya News.

Horses will be spared the stress and abuse that often accompanies horse-drawn carriages under the new reforms. Using animals in animal-drawn vehicles, including horse-drawn carriages, is now prohibited — as is the transit of animals on cobbled or paved roads, except for agricultural-related purposes.

Bulls will no longer experience the horrifying torture associated with bullfighting as the new laws prohibit organizing, sponsoring, promoting, or hosting any type of event similar to bullfights. In addition, heifers, steers, and calves may not be bred, trained, marketed, or purchased for use in any type of event resembling bullfights.

The new QR legislation echoes recent proposed reforms to Mexico’s Constitution recognizing that animals are sensitive beings that deserve to be treated with care and respect, not exploited for tourism.

Lady Freethinker applauds the QR Congress for these important new laws to help protect animals against cruel exploitation.