Sunday, October 5, 2014

On the March Again Against Bullfighting

'Animals are our brothers, not our slaves.'
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people marched down Ave. Septima today protesting against bullfighting.

Bullfighting, La Fiesta Brava, has been in the news recently because of a legal battle over whether or not the practice can take place in Bogotá's Santa Maria Plaza. Mayor Petro has not allowed bullfighting there for the last two years, but a court ruled a few weeks ago that the mayor lacked the authority to prohibit the practice. The mayor has appealed the ruling.

Meanwhile, a group of young bullfighters are carrying out a hunger strike in front of the plaza, demanding that it be reopened to bullfights. 

This demonstration received attention because of an anti-bullfighting flyer which appeared to threaten the lives of the striking bullfighters. 

I'm always struck by the way the animal rights activists protest only bullfighting, while ignoring practices such as cockfighting and factory farming, which seem to me to be much crueler and affect many more animals.
'Animals are from God. Bestiality is human.'
'Animals are not ours for experimenting, eating, wearing or for entertainment.'
Dogs against bullfighting.
'If bullfighting is art, then stabbing is culture.'
'Loving animals makes us better people.'

'Torture, not art or culture.'

The bullfighting plaza was protected by a line of barricades, and police as well.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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