Ban blood­sports

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

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

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