EFEMexico City

Coahuila has enacted a law to ban bullfighting, joining two other Mexican states - Sonora and Guerrero - in prohibiting these spectacles.

The governor of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, Ruben Moreira, signed the bill known as the Animal Protection and Humane Treatment Act into law on Tuesday.

"Most Coahuila residents oppose bullfighting. I'd go as far as to say that nearly 100 percent oppose violence against animals," Moreira said at the signing ceremony.

"Bullfights have been backed by advertising campaigns and have the supposed weight of tradition behind them, but when people see the images and the consequences of the injuries the bulls receive the opposition to these acts of violence is unanimous," he added.

Indeed, the governor said the way in which the bulls are killed amounts to "torture."

Bullfighting has become increasingly unpopular in Mexico, with 73 percent of citizens supporting a nationwide ban, according to a recent survey by Mexico City-based polling firm Parametria.