These Activists Jumped Into a Bullfighting Ring in France (Video)

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

On Saturday, three members of Vegan Strike Group—an animal rights organization—leapt into the bullring after the first bullfight of the Feria de Dax in France. Exposing anti-bullfighting messages that were painted on their bodies, the activists made the nearly 10-foot jump into the arena to denounce the gruesome slaughter.

Once inside, the three members shouted messages directed at Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, including “[I]s this here our tradition?” “[O]ur traditions are not bloodthirsty,” and “Let’s not confuse barbarism with tradition.”

One of the activists, who had the words “Corrida, the shame of France” (corrida means “bullfight” in French) painted on his chest, can be seen being thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked, reportedly by an organizer of the event. The activists were detained but have since been released.

Bullfighting: A Tradition of Tragedy

PETA applauds the brave activists for their courageous efforts to help end the bloody torture of bulls.

Each year, thousands of bulls are barbarically slaughtered in bullrings around the world. Over the centuries, bullfighters have found countless ways to rig the “fight” in their favor. Bulls have been weakened with drugs or by having sandbags dropped on their backs. Their horns have been shaved to keep them off balance, or petroleum jelly has been rubbed into their eyes to impair their vision.

Take a Stand for Bulls

Opposition to bullfighting is mounting, but there’s still work to be done. If you’re planning to visit a country that permits the blood sport, please leave it out of your itinerary.

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