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BULLFIGHT IN LA!!! Bust Uncovers Cruelty In L.A.

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  • Planeta Animal
    Act/ Bullfight Bust Uncovers Cruelty In L.A.Please email this letter, feel free to edit or write your own. Thank you. To:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2009
      Act/ Bullfight Bust Uncovers Cruelty In L.A.Please email this letter, feel free to edit or write your own. Thank you.

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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.

      Thank you,

      Chantal Buslot

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