Anti-bullfight ad rejected by French watchdog
22 August 2007
A TV commercial exposing the barbarity of bullfighting in France has been rejected by the country's advertising watchdog. Pointing to the scenes of violence, the BVP advised against broadcasting of the ad. French groups have criticised the decision and are renewing their demands for an outright ban on the blood sport.
Societe Protectrice des Animaux, the animal welfare organisation which produced the advert, is calling for international support for its appeal to the French President. Please take a look at different versions of the rejected advert and join us in asking President Sarkozy to rid France of bullfighting. Thank you.
Scenes from the rejected bullfighting advert
A selection of still images from the rejected anti-bullfighting advert. To view the actual ad, please scroll down and click on the links.
Rejected bullfighting advert
Please write to the French President and urge him to finally ban bullfighting. Send a copy of your correspondence to the Culture Minister.
Mr Nicolas Sarkozy
Mrs Christine Albanel
Dear President Sarkozy
I have watched the shocking television advert produced by Societe Protectrice des Animaux and am horrified to learn that bullfighting remains legal in the South of France.
Bullfighting is one of the world's worst forms of animal cruelty and it should have no place in a modern and civilised country like France.
I urge you to act immediately to bring bullfighting to an end in your country.
Thank you. I look forward to your reply.
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