Jean Claude Van Damme for the Bulls

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Today, my boy Jean Claude Van Damme sent a letter to the French president urging him not to allow the censorship of a TV spot made in conjunction with the Société Protectrice des Animaux that shows the cruel truth behind bullfighting. OK, maybe JC isn’t exactly “my boy”, but after watching Time Cop and Double Impact the other week, I feel like we’re almost best friends.

But I digress. The letter, versions of which were also sent by French singer Renaud, figure skating champion Surya Bonaly, Baywatch’s Alexandra Paul, and British supermodel Twiggy Lawson, urges the French president to intervene against the French “Bureau de Vérification de la Publicité” decision to ban a video calling for an end to bullfighting. I’ve posted the banned video below. Take that, French censorship bureau!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind