Thank you James for posting the Rodhilan video. Three of my friends were at this demo last year and were the victims of the blind and cowardly violence of the pro bullfighters. One of them was off work for a week because of a rib injury, and another had severe bruising to his face. I add that both of them are strong, tall men! My third friend, a woman, was not in the middle of the ring but in the stands and one of the "spectators" tried to throw her down the high, concrete steps. Fortunately she managed to get assistance from other activists. These pro bullfighters showed themselves for what they really are : coward, bloodthirsty violent thugs. Other demos of this type had occurred throughout the summer and activists had each time been beaten up by the "staff" but always away from cameras. It is a miracle that nobody was more seriously injured or even killed. What else to expect from people who think that torture and death is entertaining ? We are all so glad that they showed their face as they will face charges.
Somebody mentions extremism. The activits are NOT extremists. This word is just nauseating when it is used to describe people who are peacefully fighting for decency ! What is extremist is to think that it is ok to torture animals and get away with it.
Somebody on the Facebook thread said that the torero is fighting for his life?!!! What a joke! The bull's ordeal starts days before the corrida. He is starved for days, dehydrated, kept in the dark, chemicals rubbed in his eyes so that he cannot see properly. The list of horrors goes on.
On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected the plea of organisations and decent people to ban it. It is no surprise when you know that, in spite of Hollande's promise to keep the issue neutral, the interior minister was in the south of France with his entire family and publicly declared his love and support for the corrida !And what to think when pro bullfighting people are sent in to rule with Council. Just a farce.
Nevertheless, this is not the end. The organisations are taking it to the Court of Human rights and do have the support of a majority of French. But the root of the many horrors animals are subjected to comes form our speciesm. As long as most people think that animals are inferior beings and for us to use, their hell will continue.