MEP contacts Parliament President about bullfight exhibition
7 May 2008
Irish MEP, Kathy Sinnott, has contacted the President of the European Parliament about an exhibition which bullfighters are planning to hold at EU Headquarters next month. The blood sports brigade are trying to convince parliamentarians that slowly torturing a bull to death is a "noble" activity that should be preserved.
In a letter to all of Ireland's MEPs, ICABS stated: "We are shocked and horrified to learn today that there is to be a bullfighting exhibition entitled 'Between Man and Bull', the purpose of which is to try to persuade legislators that bullfighting is a 'noble' activity. This is due to commence on June 4th, and is aimed at familiarising Parliament members with the 'beauty' and 'proud liveliness' of this 'European cultural heritage'."
"If you abhor what can only be described as the world's worst blood sport, please strongly object to the mounting of this grotesque exhibition, masquerading as art and tradition," we added.
Appealing to the President of the European Parliament to scrap the exhibition, we highlighted this week how opposition to bullfighting across Europe is at an all-time high and continually growing.
"A majority of EU citizens want bullfighting banned," we emphasised. "We hope that you can reverse the decision to allow the bullfighting industry into Parliament to speak favourably about this indefensible blood sport."
Urge the European Parliament to close its doors to bullfighters spreading misinformation about one of Europe's worst instances of animal cruelty
Dear Mr Pöttering,
I wish to register my strong objection to the "Between Man and Bull" exhibition which is due to take place at the European Parliament early next month. Considering the extreme animal cruelty involved in bullfighting and the fact that millions in Spain, France, Portugal and all across Europe want this barbarity banned, I believe that bullfighters should not be invited into Parliament buildings.
These heartless animal abusers describe their sport as a noble tradition that should be preserved but you will surely agree that there is no place in a modern Europe for the slow torture to death of animals for entertainment. It is now time for bullfighting to be banned and I urge you to cancel this exhibition and to work towards ridding the EU of this, and all, blood sports.
Thank you very much. I look forward to your reply.
Ask Ireland's MEPs to lodge a complaint against the "Between Man and Bull" exhibition and to call for it to be cancelled. Also urge them to support future moves in the EU to finally bring bullfighting to an end.
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If you are in outside Ireland, you can find the name and contact details for your country's MEPs at www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public.do. Please ask them to call for the bullfighting exhibition to be cancelled and to support future moves in the EU to finally bring bullfighting to an end.
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