Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In the case of animal
abusers, every so often they get done unto them just as they do. Here are this
year's best stories in which the Golden Rule put its game face on:
Leg photo © iStockphoto.com/Shelly Perry Shark photo © Getty
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like animal abusers might want to consider a New Year's resolution to adhere to
the Golden Rule … or else.
Written by PETA
When three European animal advocacy
groups arrived to peacefully protest the killing of six young bulls in a bullfighting arena in Rodilhan, France, things quickly
got even uglier than a bullfight already is.
While about three dozen members of Comité
Radicalement Anti Corrida
Europe (of France), Droits des Animaux (also of France),
and Animaux en Péril (of Belgium)
unfolded banners in the bleachers, 65 more protesters jumped into the arena and
chained themselves together in a silent sit-in. They were immediately set upon
by both the bullfighters and the spectators. The protesters were viciously
kicked, punched, pummelled, dragged by the hair, and blasted with a fire hose. Some
spectators in the bleachers stood up and made the bullfighting "kill"
gesture—thumbs down. None of the protesters fought back during the 30-minute
assault, and some suffered broken bones and contusions. Organizers of the
bullfight did nothing to intervene or stop the assault.
still clinging to this dying pastime know that it's on the way out. Just last
month, Barcelona held its last bullfight.
post a link to this blog on your Facebook page and everywhere else you can to
expose these matadors and their fans for the violent thugs that they are.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
It has only been a few days since bullfighting ended in Catalonia, but Spaniards are
reportedly already coming up with new ways to keep matadors employed that are a
lot less Conan the Barbarian and a lot more Conan O'Brien.
Also in the works: a tournament of bulls' favorite card game
Written by Michelle Sherrow
The last bull has been stabbed to death in Barcelona
now that the last scheduled bullfight has taken place in Catalonia, the Spanish
region that's widely considered to be bullfighting's birthplace. Faced with nearly
empty arenas and growing condemnation of killing bulls for "sport,"
the ban on this sadistic spectacle officially goes into effect January 1, and
bullfighting is on its way out elsewhere as well.
tourists who purchase tickets or those who simply go along with what's included
on their travel itinerary are the only ones keeping the fights alive and bulls
dying. By the time an appalled spectator rushes out of the arena in horror, the
damage has been done—and more bulls will endure an agonizing death as a result.
Travelers to Spain, Mexico, and France can help end the
carnage for good by refusing to buy a ticket and letting their travel agents
know that they don't want bullfights included on their tour itineraries.
I thought living downwind of the reeking refineries in east
Houston reflected badly on the oil industry, but that's just a mere annoyance
compared to the
suffering of bulls at the hands of oil companies in India.
That's why one of our friends from PETA India took over the stage at the Oil and Gas Review
Summit and International Exhibition in Mumbai to urge India's wealthy oil biz
leaders to replace carts
drawn by bulls with modern, non-animal forms of transport. The PETA India staffer was dragged out of the conference—chanting "Shame!"
Let's hope that she opened some eyes
(and hearts). Most of the bulls used to transport fuel from oil ports to
rationing stations in Mumbai are underfed and malnourished and kept in filthy
conditions, and many suffer from chronic inflammation, maggot-infested wounds, infections, or intestinal
problems. They are forced to work until they are exhausted, pulling
heavy loads through all weather extremes.
To learn how you can help end these bullocks' suffering, see
PETA India's action
alert and please make a donation to Animal Rahat, which was created to make a difference in the lives of working bullocks, donkeys, ponies and horses.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Even though the town has said "No" to this bull run, the organizer is still
planning on having the bull run on private land, despite the public outcry
calling for the run to be canceled.
Hats off to
officials in the Arizona town of Cave Creek for revoking a permit sanctioning
a bull run when the organizers failed to
procure sufficient insurance coverage. This may be enough to stop the event,
since it means that liability for any injuries now becomes the responsibility
of the promoter and the owner of the local ranch where the run is supposed to
Pamplona, the bull runs end in cruel bullfights.
PETA had contacted
the mayor and town council and let them know that modeling an event after Pamplona's annual bull run would be cruel
and unsafe. Bulls would be antagonized into racing at breakneck speed, which
would put them as well as participants and spectators at risk.
Please thank Cave Creek officials for taking public safety and
cruelty to animals seriously.
We're spitting mad at people who have
been lashing out at animals, but we've saved up some wet, sloppy puppy-dog
kisses for those whose compassion is the cat's pajamas.
For up-to-the-minute info on what PETA
is doing, follow us on Twitter.
These animals must have listened to
Robert F. Kennedy―they didn’t get mad, they got even.
Written by Michelle
After aggressive campaigning by PETA India—including a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of India—the Ministry of Environment and Forests has added bulls to a directive that lists animals (bears, monkeys, tigers, lions and panthers) who are prohibited from being used in "performances." This means that bulls will no longer be tormented in a cruel spectacle called Jallikattu.
Jallikattu takes place in India's Tamil Nadu province, where residents chase and taunt bulls in an attempt to grab money tied to their horns. Bulls have chili peppers rubbed into their eyes and are force-fed alcohol, and their testicles are pinched—all in an effort to get them crazed and frantic. Villagers throw themselves on top of the terrified animals in an effort to "tame" them and claim the prize.
PETA India's Supreme Court case challenged the Tamil Nadu government's assertion that state law (which allows these cruel contests) supersedes a central (federal) law. PETA India believes that the new directive also outlaws other cruel events, including bullock cart races and bullfights, and the group will be taking action to make sure that they are stopped. Please thank the minister responsible for protecting bulls, Mr. Jairam Ramesh.
In another chapter in PETA India's fight for bullocks, a "public interest litigation" has been filed in Bombay High Court asking for a directive to enforce an existing ban against the use of bullocks to haul oversized kerosene carts for oil companies.
Please urge the ministry to continue treating animal issues with the seriousness that they deserve.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
At least 41 people suffered injuries during Pamplona's San Fermin festival this year. One runner from Pamplona remains in the hospital after he was gored so deeply that his diaphragm ruptured. An Australian teenager fractured three vertebrae, and an Australian man was gored in the leg, piercing his femoral artery, after he taunted a bull. Then there was the man who thought it was a good idea to run naked at a bull while waving a red handkerchief. Not surprisingly, he wound up on the wrong end of a horn.
While no people were killed in this year's runs, the bulls didn't fare as well. After being run through the streets to the bullring, they were all killed in bullfights.
Instead of killing bulls, we much prefer the version of the run cooked up by roller derby groups, in which roller girls wearing horned hats and wielding Nerf weaponry chase participants through the streets in a running of bullies. Thrill-seekers can experience a festive, exhilarating chase that doesn't end at the hospital or the bullring.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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