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Charges against bullfight in Spain for not following measures against COVID-19

Charges against bullfight in Spain for not following measures against COVID-19

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CAS International and AnimaNaturalis have filed a charge in the Spanish state of Castile and León against the organizers of a bullfight for not following the measures to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus. Public health has been endangered by allowing this bullfight to take place.

The bullfight (a novillada), in which young bulls between the ages of two and three years old were killed, took place on August 13 in the city of Salamanca. During the bullfight, the rules for preventing the spread of Covid-19, such as keeping a distance of 1.5 meters, wearing face masks and the maximum number of people allowed per event, were not respected. The organizers of the event permitted the bullfight to continue under these conditions, endangering public health.

We would have preferred to sue the organizers for torturing and killing the bulls. Unfortunately, this is legal under Spanish law. With our charge we want to ensure that the organizers are sanctioned. Unfortunately, in more bullfights in Spain the COVID-19 measures were not respected. We ask the authorities not to succumb to the pressure of the bullfighting sector. All cultural sectors must follow the corona rules, why should they not also apply to bullfighting? The bullfighting industry has been given many privileges over the past decades, which is not good for animals and humans. And what they keep getting away with. This must end now.

CAS International helped finance the shooting of the bullfight. Images of the bullfight not only support our charge, but also help us to bring to light the cruelties that took place during the novillada. You can watch the video here (warning: shocking images).

Campaign against subsidies

CAS and AnimaNaturalis have set up a campaign in which a letter can be sent to the Spanish government requesting not to give any financial compensations to the bullfighting sector. Currently, more than 172,000 people have sent the letter. Click here to send a letter to the Spanish government.

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