BULLFIGHT IN LA!!! Bust Uncovers Cruelty In L.A.
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Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 4:21 AM
Subject: Bullfight Bust Uncovers Cruelty In L.A.
This image, from Ban Blood Sports website shows a bleeding bull gasping for
breath near end of a bullfight. Photo: ADDA. http://www.banbloodsports.com<http://www.banbloodsports.com/>
Steve Cooley, District Attorney
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Room 18-709
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mayor Sally Zuniga Flowers and City Council Members
City of Artesia
Dear D.A. Cooley, City of Artesia Mayor, Council Members and Officials:
I urge the Los Angeles County District Attorney to investigate a bullfight
that occurred 5/23/09, at the Festa da Bola in Artesia, CA. An on-site
Humane Officer with Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) observed the use of
wooden poles spiked with sharp nails. The officer saw fighters stab and
antagonize bulls with these jagged weapons. One bull, allegedly impaled with
as many as 8 sticks, left the ring with visible blood and puncture wounds.
After stopping the fight, the ACI officer seized more than 30 nail-embedded
sticks. He informed the bullfight sponsors that stabbing a bull violates
California anti-cruelty statutes.
According to California Penal Code, Part 1., Title 14. S 597. Cruelty to
animals: "Every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates,
tortures, or wounds a living animal...is guilty of an offense punishable by
imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine of not more than $20,000, or
by both the fine and imprisonment."
Please seek maximum penalties under California law for this bullfight
company, and individuals therein, that knowingly tormented and maimed
animals. This company should not retain legitimate means to operate and its
employees ought to be barred from possessing or working with animals.
The City of Artesia now has an opportunity to illegalize bullfights. I
respectfully ask the Mayor and City Council Members to ban these inherently
cruel spectacles, performed solely for "entertainment."
As you know, studies show that violence against animals is a precursor to
violence against humans -- particularly vulnerable victims such as children,
women or the elderly. Animal cruelty investigations often uncover domestic
violence or other forms of aggression, P. Arkow notes in "Breaking the
cycles of violence: A guide to multi-disciplinary interventions."
Please establish a zero-tolerance policy for all acts of animal cruelty.
Violence is violence, regardless of the victim's identity.
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