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There must be logic there somewhere…

We are surprised to learn that the Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal are planning a charity bullfight. We think it’s odd to try and raise money from bloodsports, no matter who the beneficiary of the fundraising. But this particular case is even more extraordinary when once considers that the Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Vila Franca de Xira is actually a shelter for rehoming animals. Yes! It translates as the Association of Friends of Animals.

It might be a cliché, but with friends like these

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What is it with The Times and bullfighting?

The Times ran yet another piece last week which appeared to extol the virtues of this archaic bloodsport.

In less than three weeks time, sixteen year-old Jairo Miguel Sánchez Alonso will take on six bulls in one day in a ‘spectacle’ in his home town of Cáceres, as part of a charity contest. The Times reports that his mother will be ‘watching anxiously’.

It’s really quite remarkable that, in this day and age, a European country can not only permit such gratuitous animal cruelty for the purposes of entertainment, but for it to be carried out by children. We think the Spanish Government are in breach of Articles 3 and 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which they are a signatory.

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Image of the Day – 55

This surely needs no explanation?

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Image of the Day – 46

Another image graphically depicting the horrific suffering involved in bullfighting. Our campaigns made great strides this year and we hope for even more progress next year.

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Image of the Day – 37

Another great day’s Spanish culture comes to an end … with another exhausted, tortured, dead bull. Help us put a stop to it.

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Stop bullfighting from starting in China

Please help our campaigns by asking the Chinese authorities to stop plans to introduce bullfighting to the country next year.

Spanish newspapers recently announced a deal between the Chinese government and the bullfighter Manolo Sánchez to import a hundred cows and bulls to start a breeding farm in China. There are also plans to build a bullring by October 2010 which would be inaugurated with two bullfights. Regular bullfights are said to take place from 2011.

The League has teamed up with Animal from Portugal and CAS International from The Netherlands to stop this project. But we need to stop the export of bullfighting, a barbaric practice which has no place in a modern society.It is unthinkable that a country which has no history of bullfighting would consider taking up such a cruel form of entertainment. As more and more towns and cities ban bullfighting throughout the world, we cannot let new locations start the practice. We can only do this with your help. Please contact the Chinese authorities now and help protect innocent animals from cruel and unnecessary deaths.

Please click here to help our campaign and take action now.

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Image of the Day – 33

Yet more cruelty in the bullring. Our campaign this year has seen significant successes with Waterstone’s cancelling book signings by a bullfighter, and companies such as British Airways and Eurostar abandoning their sponsorship and advertising in support of the bullfight.

Read more on our campaign here.

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