Monday, Sep 20 2010 via MailOnline

Spain's sickening 'blood fiestas' make bullfights seem tame - but the most shocking thing about them is YOU'RE paying for them 

By Danny Penman In Tordesillas Last updated at 12:45 PM on 20th September 2010

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By Action Against Poisoning :


Here - in this bullring - bullfights will be held. Here the audience will applaud the people who slowly and deliberately inflict anger, pain and subsequent death on an animal.
Why can that happen in this European country?
If I would step into a Dutch meadow and perform the traditional bullfight on a bull, I would be lynched - or if the police is fast - arrested for sadistic acts inflicted on an animal. You are a sadist if you enjoy inflicting pain. Sadism is a certified mental disorder. So bullfights are a very sick tradition.
And still the European Union allows such traditions.

I want you to know that this is one of the reasons why many Dutchmen voted against the European Constitution.

If EU Constitution Art III-121 would concern human rights there would be no leeway for culturally based violence against people. It is the spirit of this article to protect animals. However, the letter of this article condones every animal abuse in the name of "cultural heritage". The bulls cannot vote against this crippled law, so they depend on us to fight the injustice of it. It would grace the EU if it would for once look through a bull’s eyes.

Marius Donker
Action Against Poisoning

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- Ban commercial live animal transport in excess of eight hours.

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- End the use of primates in experiments.

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- Ban the import of wild-caught, exotic species intended to be used as pets.

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