The bill prohibiting bullfighting passed with 93 votes in favour and two against. "We do not believe that an expression of torture and barbarism can be considered cultural", emphasised lawmaker Juan Carlos Losada.

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Colombia's constitutional court had urged Congress in recent years to issue a definitive regulation on the matter.

Bullfighting events are prohibited by law in some Latin American countries such as Argentina and Cuba, while they are legal in most of Mexico and Peru.