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.
Those still clinging to this dying pastime know that it’s on the way out. Just last month, Barcelona held its last bullfight.
Please 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