EFE, ANIMANATURALIS (MEXICO)
MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of animal rights activists in Mexico City took to the streets this weekend to call for an end to bullfighting in Mexico, reports EFE.
More than 200 activists took their clothes off and poured fake blood on themselves during the demonstration. They planted fake “banderillas” on themselves, to simulate the barbed sticks planted in the bull’s shoulders by the bullfighters.
The protest, which was organized by animal rights group AnimaNaturalis, took place around Mexico City’s Monument to the Revolution. It was the largest protest ever targeting bullfighting in Mexico.
AnimaNaturalis founder Leonora Esquivel Frias said she organized the protest “with the goal of drawing the attention of the political sectors and media to the need to abolish these cruel and bloody spectacles in which an animal is tortured to death.”
According to EFE, about 9,000 bulls are slaughtered every year in Mexico, where bullfighting dates back to the 16th century.
AnimaNaturalis has some amazing photos of the protest: