Thousands March Against Bullfighting in Alès, France

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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 bullfighting – it’s time for a ban!

bullfight2Torturing an animal for sport is just plain wrong. In bullfights, confused and agitated animals “fight” for their lives as men repeatedly pierce them with knives until they are dizzy, weakened from blood loss and suffering agonising pain. By the time the matador makes the final stab, the exhausted bull is already near death. The bulls are often still conscious as their ears and tail are cut off as “trophies” and as they are dragged from the ring on chains.

Alès is one of the few places in France where this barbaric ritual still goes on. Most French towns and most French people would never dream of celebrating violent animal abuse in this way.

It’s the same in Spain – the majority of Spaniards have no interest in bullfighting, yet the government, perversely, is considering protecting it as a cultural pastime. We need to speak out against these plans as a matter of urgency. Please join the movement here:

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Photos: Viviane Dean Sea Shepherd


  • Sarah Poulter commented on May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Stop the torture of animals!!!

  • Lesley Butler commented on May 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    What barbaric people who enjoy watching animals suffer.

  • kristel moens commented on May 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Please stop bull fighting and all other animal abuse for the sake of so called entertainment, we don’t live in the dark ages anymore.

  • Daryl Michael commented on May 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Fills my heart with pride to see those protesters, there are good people in the world and one day things will change.

  • Veronica May commented on May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Please stop the bull fighting at once. There is no need for it . It is vile, cruel and sickening. I am fed up with all the animal cruelty that is going on everywhere. I have always hated bullfighting, just seeing a Matador with the cape and sword turns my stomach over and I will never go to Spain or France. The poor bull can never win and really suffers. I don’t know how anyone can watch this for sick entertainment. Please, please ban this horrible bullfighting at once.

  • Liam commented on November 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Why kill off a great local historic tradition.

    Your all a crowd of politically correct kill joys.


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