Target: Ollanta Humala, President of Peru
Goal: Outlaw festival that allows dogs and bulls to be viciously attacked and killed by other bulls.
A dog is tied to the back of a bull and attacked by other bulls every year in a religious festival. We need to take action in order to ensure that animals do not have to endure this sick and torturous treatment. After being tied up, the animals are callously tossed into a bullfighting ring before being chased and stampeded by the bulls.
Sadly, disturbing footage of a terrified dog being tied to a bull can be seen online, along with video of both animals bleeding profusely as they are being torn to threads. Villagers justify the torturing and killing of the dog by claiming that it had misbehaved throughout the year.
Although Peru’s animal cruelty laws state that a person who tortures and kills an animal can be subject to five years in prison, the event, known as la Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asuncion, is not considered to be a violation of the law since it is thought to be a sacred tradition. Demand this outrageous festival be outlawed. Animals do not deserve to be senselessly killed because some people are unable to put such backwards traditions to rest.
Dear President Humala,
Every year a dog is tied to the back of a bull and thrown into a bullfighting ring during la Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asuncion religious festival. Because animals used in this event are savagely tortured and killed, it is important that the event be immediately outlawed.
Since Peru’s animal welfare laws classify animals as “sensitive beings” and were put in place for the purpose of ensuring they are protected, it is absolutely appalling that the tormenting and ferocious killing of animals is legal at traditional festivals. Tying a dog onto the back of a bull because it misbehaved during the year is a cruel and unforgivable act of animal cruelty, as is placing a bull in such a vulnerable situation.
While traditional festivals are considered by many citizens to be sacred, they should not be held if it means that innocent animals will be needlessly tortured and killed. I therefore urge you to do everything in your power in order to ensure that this festival is outlawed. Tradition or religion should never be used as an excuse to condone these types of senseless actions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Klerolusis