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CAS joins huge protest against bullfighting in Madrid

Sunday, May 14th 2017

© Tauromaquia es Violencia © Tauromaquia es Violencia

On Saturday May 13 an impressive and huge protest against bullfighting took place in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The protest could count on the participation of 80,000 individuals. CAS International travelled to Madrid to join this protest and stand up for the bulls and horses that are victims of the bullfighting sector.

The protest ‘Tauromaquia es Violencia’ (Bullfighting is Violence) was part of a campaign of 17 organizations, among others CAS. Its main object is to abolish all types of events with bulls. National and international organizations have united their efforts to demand the end of the suffering of bulls and horses. 

Marius Kolff, director of CAS International:

"Though we are, nowadays, welcome in Parliaments and embassies to discuss the cruelties of bullfighting, it remains to be important to walk the streets to convince the politicians that our message is widely supported and that, for this, people are willing to travel by bus or otherwise from far and wide to - this time - Madrid, and London as well."

Marius Kolff Press Marius Kolff talking to the press © CAS International

Feria de San Isidro
On May 11 the festival called Feria de isidro started in Madrid, a city festival with animal abuse. 27 bullfights, 2 novilladas (bullfights with young bulls) and 4 rejones (bullfights where the bullfighter fights the bull from a horse) take place. At least 204 animals are killed. In 2016, 20,000 bovid were killed in Spain, including 1,736 bulls during bullfights and 16,383 animals in the cruel town feasts. Bullfighting is violence, there is no doubt about it. And all of this suffering is meant just to entertain a minority of Spanish society, since the majority is against bullfighting. According to data from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, only 6,9% of Spaniards went to a bullfight in 2015.

Protest against bullfighting in London Protest in London © The Green Boat

74% European citizens
On Saturday May 13 we raise our voice for these animals because we no longer tolerate this animal abuse and it subsidizing. In London, there was another protest against the suffering in bullrings and festivities, in solidarity with the protest in Madrid. And this is not strange. According to Cambridge University Press, 74% of European citizens in 2017 had a (very) negative image of all festivities with animals held in Spain. 

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