Last Bullfight Finally Held in Catalonia, Spain

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Graphic Photo of Protest in Spain

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Supporters Still Trying to Keep Bullfighting in Spain

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spain blood sport activism bulls animal rights bullfightingI was disappointed that Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa was one of those that signed a petition to keep this cruel and unnecessary torture of animals around. I guess I won't be reading his books! For the full story, go here to latino.foxnews.

An Animal Welfare First in Spain

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Nacho Paunero, President of El Refugio, notes that this is the first time in Spain that someone has been fined for abandoning their animal at the doors of a refuge. He considers it a step forward in the protection of animals in Spain. Tags: spain dogs From Spanish News - RTN (Round Town News). No need to click. Here's all it says.

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. africa spain blood sport hunting elephantsFrom the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012.

World Wildlife Fund Removes King Juan Carlos for Elephant Hunting

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It's not like Spain has enough problems now, it has to have an idiot king. King Juan Carlos may be the King of Spain, but he is no longer the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Spain due to his hunting and killing of elephants in Botswana, Treehugger reports. spain blood sport Stupid hunting elephantsGood for them! What a hypocrite! From EcoRazzi.

Four Paws Urges an End to Pamplona Bull Run

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Spaniards Are Giving Up their Horses Due to Economic Conditions

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animal abandonment economics spain horses poverty horse slaughterand they are ending up in slaughterhouses or are being abandoned.

Warning! Sad Story Ahead

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A beagle rescued from a laboratory in Spain and brought to the Los Angeles has run off and his humans are trying to find him. :-(. sad story animal research spain california dogs animal laboratories beaglesThis is such a sad story.

Teenage Matador Kills Six Bulls in a Day

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Big Ol' Protest In Madrid Against Bullfighting

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Campaign Launched to End Bullfighting in Madrid

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Irish Travel Agency Removes Matador from Advertising

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THE MATADOR – one of the most abiding and traditional images of Spain – has been removed from advertising by a leading Irish travel company following a protest by animal rights activists. The Travel Department confirmed that it had used a photograph of a bullfighter in a newspaper advertisement for a holiday in Spain. A spokesman for the tour operator said that the image was “part of a library of stock images” of Spain that were used for print and online media advertising.

Bullfighting to Appear on Spanish TV Again

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The policy change comes under the new conservative Popular Party government of Mariano Rajoy which is widely seen as opposed to all attempts to curtail the national fiesta in Spain. spain blood sport bulls bullfightingFrom the Telegraph. State-financed broadcaster RTVE said it would screen a bullfight from the city of Valladolid on September 5, overturning a ban imposed under the previous socialist government.

New Film About Bullfighting Stars Adrian Brody

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Fallout Continues Over Juan Carlos' Elephant Hunting Trip

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As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and 24 percent unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain — extreme embarrassment over public outrage upon his return from an elephant hunt in Africa that cost nearly $60,000, or more than twice the average salary in Spain. spain blood sport hunting elephantsWhat an idiot. Read the full story on this NPR page.

Bull Gets Gored to Death in Spanish Festival

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The massive beast charged through the fortified town of Tordesillas, central Spain, crossing a bridge over the River Duero and into a plain in a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. animal cruelty spain blood sport bullfightingI've read some pretty disgusting stuff in writing this blog, but this just pisses me off. As a Portuguese-American, I hate bullfights.and they even have the stupid things in California.

Catalonia is First Region to Ban Bullfighting

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Spanish Woman Leave $3M Euros to Save Lynx

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Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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In one of the biggest undercover inquiries into pig-farming, CIWF visited 60 farms across five big pork-producing states, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain. Overall, Spain had the worst conditions, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain. Tags: UK europe spain pigs factory farm It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe.

Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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captivity spain academic research marine life marine animals entertainment Orcas NetherlandsUnfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe.

Spanish Tradition Under Threat by Activists

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spain horses animal rightsThis sounds awful. Go to AFP for the full story. Every year on the night of January 16, the eve of Saint Anthony's day, the patron saint of animals, the paved streets of the small town of 600 people are transformed into a sort of racetrack in which the fences are burning logs. It's a festival in which the horses are sanctified by the flames, they are liberated from all their ills," said Quique, 30, who takes part in the festival every year.

EU Sends Inspectors to Portugal for Farm Animal Welfare

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My 2010 resolution is to try and track animal rights issues in the homelands of Spain and Portugal. Spain is much more advanced than Portugal in this area, but both need improvement (as do we all.). This happened earlier in the month, but I'm posting it anyway. The inspectors found nothing wrong, but at least they responded to the issues raised by Animal Angels, based in Germany.

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We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Abolition Animal Rights Pig slaughter Spain Veganism You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality.

Cute: Pinky the Orangutan

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While shooting the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s new series, Beast Hunter , host Pat Spain visited the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia to visit a seven-year-old Orangutan named Pinky. Too cute, right?! Pinky sure does love Pat! The show premieres tonight, Friday, March 4 at 9PM ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. cute video tv

Paul the Octopus Picks World Cup Winner!

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I'm totally disappointed that Spain won the World Cup. That really sucks. The only cool thing is that Paul the "psychic" octopus was right again. For those of you who would prefer a more sensible explanation to his abilities, this article provides a more real-world explanation.

Penelope Cruz Draws Fire For Bullfighting Movie

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She was the left-wing film actress who was distrusted by Spain's Fascist rulers. Now the passionate and tragic affair between the matador and his unconventional lover has been made into a film starring Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz - to the fury of Spain's growing lobby of anti-bullfighting campaigners, who say the glamour of Hollywood stars glorifies a cruel sport. Penelope Cruz is being sharply criticized for a movie she recently starred in about bullfighting.

Animal Cruelty Database at Pet-Abuse.com

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You can search for all kinds of crimes against animals in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. There are 14,436 cases in the animal abuse database. Great research tool. Amazing work.

German Artist Wants to Kill Puppies to Protest Dog Killings

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An unidentified German actor has been stopped by Berlin’s administrative court, following his announcement that he planned to strangle two puppies with cable wires on stage to protest against the slaughter of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, with their death being accompanied by a funeral march music and loud gong. I had to read this twice before it sunk in. I wonder if he was just threatening to do this for the publicity. Bizarre.

Nesting Eagle Killed in Portugal, Another Brilliant Move

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The shooting occurred sometime between 21 and 23 February in the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park, close to the country's south-eastern border with Spain. Miguel Rodrigues, spokesperson for SOS Lynx, stated: "Irrational attitudes constitute one of the main barriers to predator conservation in Spain and Portugal. I come from a Portuguese family and I have no problem dumping on the Portuguese. This makes me angry. It has nothing to do with poverty, just stupidity. March 2009.

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1 in 4 Species Face Extinction Threat

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The findings were being released Monday at the IUCN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This sucks. Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide," the team led by Jan Schipper of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Gland, Switzerland, concluded. "We

Mexican Senators Look at Banning Bullfights

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Several groups, including Spain's Plataforma Prou, the Mexican Association for Animal Rights, or Amedea, and the Proyecto Proteccion Animal, have been consulted on the bill, Moreno said. I'm very, very surprised. And not very optimistic. Mexico is notorious for its bullfights and lack of animal rights. But, still, I can't dismiss it. From Fox News (blech).

Body Shop Not Performing Well for L'Oreal

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Parent L'Oreal said the difficult economic climate hit Body Shop sales in Britain, Spain and North America. The Body Shop is causing some headaches for L'Oreal right now. The Body Shop said that 150 UK jobs are at risk after the French-owned cosmetics retailer announced a restructuring drive. The company said it was consulting employees about proposals to reduce its global workforce by 275 jobs to make the business more efficient.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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In June 2006, Jane and I visited a chimpanzee sanctuary near Girona, Spain. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours.

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It is time for us to widen our circle of compassion and follow Spain’s lead in granting legal rights to apes. To the Editor: “ What’s Next in the Law? The Unalienable Rights of Chimps ,” by Adam Cohen (Editorial Observer, July 14): The Spanish Parliament’s decision to grant rights to apes is indeed groundbreaking, and will foster philosophical discussion about animal protection for some time.