Make Barbaric Bullfighting a Crime

Target: Richard Ferrand, President of France’s National Assembly

Goal: Ban bullfighting that causes grotesque injuries and a thousand-plus deaths.

A court acknowledged that bullfighting caused “great suffering”…suffering that includes grotesque injuries and infections. The instruments of this suffering include swords, lances, and barbed darts. And the outcomes of the suffering in bullfighting range from debilitating head and neck trauma to death. In France alone, the country where the aforementioned court is located, about 1,000 bulls are killed every year. But after talking about the suffering and cruelty that defines bullfighting, judges at the court in question declared that local customs carry greater weight than animal cruelty. They ruled against the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in a case the animal rights organization brought against a bullfighter for “shocking and barbaric” animal cruelty. Then, to pour salt in the wound of animal welfare advocates everywhere, they ordered the SPA to pay the defendant’s court fees.

This case represents the latest loss in a long battle against French bullfighting. Despite having strong animal cruelty laws for nearly every other class of animal, none of these laws protect vulnerable bulls. In areas where bullfighting has long been practiced, the barbarity of this supposed “entertainment” is exempt from any liability or criminality. The courts will obviously not intervene on behalf of these living beings, so lawmakers must at last take the reins.

Sign the petition below to demand France abolish this sick blood-sport once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ferrand,

Stab wounds, burns, gory infections, broken bones: such injuries inflicted on a wide scale would shock the conscience of any caring person. If you heard that such torturous injuries took the lives of over 1,000 living beings every year, would you be outraged? Would the outrage turn to confusion if you discovered such brutal behaviors were permitted by your leaders…by yourself?

No amount of waxing poetic about tradition and custom can hide the fact that this reality is the face of bullfighting in France. The country has some of the strongest animal cruelty laws in the world, and you pride yourselves on civility and empathy. This violent practice defies every assertion you make, and it makes a mockery of French ideals.

Please take the only possible step forward. Abolish a deadly form of entertainment that no longer has a place in a humane society.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Becerra Goves Photos

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9 Comments

  1. France is showing the world just how primitive their culture is by allowing the torture and murder of innocents. Bulls are living beings NOT inanimate objects to be used for human entertainment. There is NO excuse to continue this ancient barbaric custom in the 21st century!

  2. Teresa Ferreira-Pires says:

    If tourists stopped all together to visit these primitive countries I am sure they would quickly pretend to care about animal rights instead of supposed cultural rites. When there is no other way to solve the problems, usually the economical way is the only way.

  3. When a matador is gored to death by the unfortunate bull he is “fighting” there is usually an outcry, but it’s fine for him to torture the animal!!! Strange, isn’t it?? The more of these cowardly scumbags who DO get gored to death, the better I say…..

  4. Savages you are disgusting examples of human evilness

  5. All animal abusers internationally must have the death penalty implemented and nothing less!

  6. It’s time to stop the violent abuse of these innocent lives! If you wouldn’t do it to a child, why the hell is it okay to do it to any other innocent being!??

  7. Sauvage et malade à l’extrême. Arrêtez cette sauvagerie et torture. Aucun taureau ni aucun animal ne mérite d’être traité ainsi. Sick and barbaric to the extreme. Ban this sickening custom for good globally.

  8. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    Customs over killing innocent souls? Shame on you France! Create new customs and show empathy for these animals. How can you allow this atrocity to continue? You’re a disgrace.

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