CAS International (Comité Anti Stierenvechten) is the biggest organization in the world which works exclusively on the abolition of bullfighting and cruel fiestas (festivals) during which bulls and other animals are tortured. Together with our colleague organizations, we want to end this animal abuse as soon as possible.
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Bullfighting is one of the most cruel forms of animal abuse. Every year, more than 250,000 bulls and cows are tortured and killed worldwide during bullfights and similar events.
Also during fiestas ('village festivals'), tens of thousands of bulls and other animals are severely maltreated.
More information about bullfighting and fiestas.
Exposé of the illegality of the so-called ‘bloodless’ bullfights in the USA
The Los Angeles based organization Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) has recently publicly exposed the so-called ‘bloodless bullfights’ that have been organised for years in California by the Portuguese community, showing that it is all but ‘bloodless’.
‘Bloodless bullfight’ in Artesia, California, showing the Velcro patch on the bull’s back ©ACI
In two separate investigations, one in a bullfight (tourada) in Artesia the 23rd May 2009 and the other in Thornton a week later, they discovered that the banderilhas that supposedly should only end in a Velcro tip that would stick to the Velcro patch that is normally placed on the bull’s back in these events, were in fact hiding a real sharp metal spike. When the bulls were examined by a ‘humane officer’ (authorised by the California State to inspect activities such as this), he discovered that indeed under the patch the bull had been punctured and was bleeding. The officer in Artesia confiscated the banderilhas and stopped the event, but the officers in Thornton were less lucky because when they did so together with local law enforcement officers, they were assaulted by the participants of the bullfight. Details on the medical condition of the officers are not yet available, but arrests were made at the scene.
Spike found under the Velcro at the end of the banderilha, used in the supposedly ‘bloodless’ bullfights in California ©ACI
According to ACI, California law makes it clear that it is illegal to stage such bullfights, even if there is no effort to stab or wound the animals. Penal code sections 597B and M expressly proscribe bull fights in this state, even if no bloodshed is involved.
Jane Garrison, Spokesperson for ACI stated, "Animal Cruelty Investigations is committed to taking all possible steps to uncover, expose and prevent further illegal bullfighting in California. If necessary, ACI is prepared to take all necessary steps to make certain that those who would abuse animals in this fashion are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".
ACI Humane officer confiscating the banderilhas in the supposedly ‘bloodless’ bullfight exposed ©ACI
We at CAS International have known for quite some that the USA has indeed a small bullfighting industry, with nine permanent bullrings, two bullfighting schools, several bullfighting bulls’ farms, professional bullfighters, etc. This has been happening for decades in California and it is spreading in other states (such as an announced bullfight in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the coming September) with the politically correct banner of ‘bloodless bullfighting’. We hope that this exposé will awake more North American animal protection groups and individuals, who then will try to stop the advances of the bullfighting industry in their country.
Tips for tourists
CAS International has made a list of tips for tourists, so you can also help us abolish bullfighting and other cruel events with bulls and other animals as a tourist.
The main tip: never go to a bullfight or a cruel fiesta, like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona!
Please take a look here for more tips.
Videos of bullfights, cruel fiestas and protests of CAS International and others.
In the CAS photo album, you can find photos of protests, bullfighting and cruel fiestas.
CLICK HERE for the photo album.