Sir — The tragic death of a woman during a cruel bull running “festival” in southern France should serve as another reminder that bloodsports are good for neither man nor beast.
A few weeks earlier, four people were badly gored in Pamplona, Spain, when they failed to outrun the pursuing bulls. The bulls used in these entertainments are tortured to death in the rings afterwards. First they are beaten over the kidneys to weaken them and have Vaseline rubbed into their eyes to impair vision. They are then repeatedly stabbed with razor-sharp lances by costumed horse riders.
We have our own bloodsport in Ireland, but hares, unlike bulls, are gentle, timid creatures. They never fight back… just run for their lives. They don’t resist their human tormentors, even when they are manhandled by them in captivity, prior to being mauled, pummelled and tossed about by the dogs.
Bloodsports, apart from the suffering they cause to innocent animals, demean humanity and bring shame to our species. It’s time for us all to say NO to the recreational torture of animals.
John Fitzgerald, Co Kilkenny