It was an impressive sight: thousands of activists, coming from all over Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere to speak out peacefully for animals who don’t have a voice.
As bullfighters in Alès, in the south of France, were preparing to execute 18 bulls during the town’s annual Ascension Festival this weekend, compassionate people came together to protest against this cruel and archaic spectacle. The major rally was organised by CRAC Europe with the support of many animal rights groups, including PETA France, and sent a powerful message: we won’t stand for … Read more.
Fortnum & Mason has had quite a week. Tuesday saw a flurry of activity outside its Piccadilly store, as volunteers turned out to protest against the sale of cruel foie gras. Hundreds of online activists have been giving the company a piece of their mind on Twitter. And now, from across the Channel, Brigitte Bardot and French animal protection groups, representing tens of thousands of French citizens, have joined the call for Fortnum & Mason to end unethical foie gras sales.
French organisations, including the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Society for the … Read more.
In a tour de force, more than 2,000 citizens from 177 groups, including PETA France, took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to speak out against bullfighting.
After marching through the nation’s capital, past the UNESCO office, the activists gathered at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to illuminate a giant banner reading, “Corrida Abolition” (“Abolish Bullfighting”).
With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the activists raised a lit banner.
The demonstration follows another event in which 95 activists staged a peaceful sit-in protest in a bull ring in … Read more.
The following video contains scenes of violent attacks on a group of demonstrators during a peaceful sit-in to protest the torture and deaths of bulls in archaic bullfights in France on 8 October 2011.
The pro-bullfighting crowd showed the same callousness and violence towards the activists that they do towards bulls, but at no point did the protesters reciprocate with violence.
Here is a rundown of the events at the times they occur:
At 0:56 seconds: Half of the group unfurl banners whilst half enter the bullring to chain themselves together.… Read more.
Carrefour, the second largest worldwide distributor of bullfight tickets (after Wal-Mart, which own ASDA in the UK), has made the compassionate decision to drop sales of tickets to bullfighting events in France.
In a letter to PETA France, Carrefour stated that as of April 2011, sales of the tickets would cease because of a lack of consumer demand.
Read the letter in French here.
Catalonia last year became the second Spanish region to ban bullfighting outright, after the Canary Islands in 1991. Various other cities and towns across Colombia, … Read more.