End bullfighting in France
30 September 2005
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed its appeal to the French Government to end bullfighting in the southern part of the country. The call comes following the release of horrific images (see below) of bloodied bulls being dragged from a French bullring.
The shocking scene captured by Saskia Oskam of Anti Bullfighting Committee the Netherlands shows the dead animals with chains around their heads being pulled from a bullring in the French Riviera resort of Frejus.
Back in January 2005, ICABS applauded the French village of Mouans-Sartoux when it made history by becoming the country's first to declare itself anti-bullfighting. It was a tremendous move which other towns and villages are being urged to follow. However, until legislation is introduced by the government to fully outlaw bullfighting, the blood sport looks likely to continue in France.
Despite opposition to bullfighting among a majority of French citizens, it continues to be permitted in 68 towns in the south of the country. The government's stance up to now is that towns which have a continuous tradition of bullfighting are free to torture and kill bulls. It's a policy that has been broken by numerous local authorities - in 2002, for example, Carcassonne resumed bullfighting after 48 years.
Please join us in our appeal to the French President and Prime Minister to intervene to finally rid France of this deplorable activity.
President Jacques Chirac
Mr Dominique de Villepin
Please ensure to send a copy of your correspondence to:
The Frejus Tourist Board
Mr Frederic Grasset
Mr Gerard Errera
Find the contact details for a French Embassy in your country at:
I am writing to demand that bullfighting is finally banned in France.
Bullfighting is an horrific blood sport which should have no place in a modern country like France. I do not accept that towns which have a bullfighting tradition should be allowed to continue practising it.
Recent images from the town of Frejus show the bloodied victims of bullfighting in Southern France. I hope that you can act to bring this animal abuse to an end in your country.
Thank you. I look forward to your positive reply.
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