domingo, 8 de março de 2009

No to the stabbing and slaughtering of bulls in the Azores Islands

At a time when some people taking advantage of a change in the 2004 constitution concerning the Political Statute of the Azores are preparing to persuade the Azores Legislative Assembly to legalize stabbing and slaughtering the bulls a group of citizens have decided to fight to defend animal rights including these bullfights which are part of the problem.
Considering that it is unacceptable for any animal to be tortured for human entertainment. Considering that any act that includes the needless death of any animal is biocide or a crime against life (Article II of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights). Considering that animal rights should be defended by law, just as Human Rights ( Article 14) and as we believe that cultural evolution will replace tradition and ignorance we wish to show our total disagreement with this intention and so appeal that:
1- That street rope bullfights should not be approved nor supported by public funds on islands where they are not traditional.
2- That stabbing and slaughtering bulls, not being part of our tradition or culture should not be legalized in The Autonomous Region of the Azores.
3- That regional legislation for the protection of animals should be approved, considering the European Legislation and the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights that was proclaimed on the 15 th of October, 1978 and approved by Unesco.

Dear friends,

If you agree with the above statement, please send us a mail saying so and stating your profession or the organization you belong to, as well as your country of residence. We would be most grateful if you could also pass on our appeal.

We thank you and hope you will do this to avoid the unnecessary suffering of defenceless animals

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