Animal Defenders International


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Bullfight protest

Posted: 15 May 2006


ADI protests as bullfighting returns to Portugal’s Campo Pequeno after five year absence

International animal rights groups join demonstration led by actress Sofia Aparício outside Campo Pequeno bullring on Thursday, 18 May at 8.30pm.

Five years after it was closed for reconstruction, Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno bullring will re-open on the night of Thursday, 18 May, with the first bullfight for years. Once again blood will flow in Lisbon as bulls are tortured and killed for entertainment.

ADI campaign partner ANIMAL have for years been campaigning to end the brutality of Portugal’s bullfighting. On Thursday they will be stepping up the campaign with the backing of ADI and nine other international animal protection groups.

Tim Phillips, Campaigns Director of ADI says: “Bullfighting is not sport, it is simply gratuitous cruelty in the name of entertainment. Two years ago, Portugal was basking in the international gaze for football’s European Championships an occasion of genuine sporting achievement. To think that people will now be looking on and seeing the savagery of bullfighting is tragic.”

The demonstration will call for a “Campo Pequeno Without Bullfights” – concerts and other events yes, but no to cruelty. The protest is being supported by the well-known international model and actress Sofia Aparício. There will also be a performance from “Tucanas” reminding people that art, culture and entertainment don’t involve cruelty. Vegetarian restaurant Terra will provide snacks to the demonstrators.

Helder Constantino, political researcher at ADI, will be at hand at the demonstration to talk to the media. Miguel Moutinho Director of ANIMAL will be attending and is organizing the protest. ANIMAL is ADI’s campaign partner in Portugal.

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ANIMAL, founded in 1994 in Porto but conducting much of its activity in Lisbon and throughout all the country, is a partner of ADI in the international campaign to end the use of animals in circuses worldwide. In Portugal, ANIMAL is one of the largest and most active animal rights organisations, in Portugal.

ANIMAL is run by Miguel Moutinho, its Executive Director.

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