BAN ON BULLFIGHTS NECESSARY
The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting
- the first region of mainland Spain to do so -

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10784611
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STOP BARBARIC BETS - STOP THE BLOODY BULLRING BETS!

email received: May 15, 2008


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Hola / Bonjour/ Dear Friends,

We would be very grateful if you could help with the following important action alerts. Also, if you would like to have some of our new Paddy Power campaign postcards, please let us know how many and we will send
them to you. Thank you very much.

Tot ziens/Au revoir/Adeus/Adiós/Auf Wiedersehen/Bye

Philip Kiernan
Irish Council Against Blood Sports

www.banbloodsports.com

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Paddy Power urged to "Stop Barbaric Bets"
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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has launched a new campaign postcard aimed at convincing Paddy Power to "Stop Barbaric Bets".
Visitors to the betting company's Spanish website are currently being invited to bet on the number of ears hacked off the heads of bulls that have been tortured in bullrings. Please contact us now to receive
postcards for yourself and your friends to send in to the company's head office.

On the "Toros" page of the site, heartless punters are given the opportunity to guess the "Nº total de orejas cortadas en la corrida"
("Total number of ears cut in the bullfight")

In a letter of appeal to Paddy Power, ICABS stated: "We find it absolutely grotesque and in the poorest of taste the Paddy Power company's acceptance of such bets. As people are placing bets on the Paddy Power website, tortured bulls are stumbling around the bullrings with blood spurting from their backs and spraying from their noses and mouths. How can your company justify making money from this disgusting animal abuse?"

Bullfighting is one of the world's worst blood sports and is cruel from beginning to end. Each bullfight involves the slow torture to death of six or more bulls. Horseback riders firstly weaken the bull by stabbing its body with sharp lances. To force it to drop its head, hooked spears are then driven into its neck muscles.
The cruelty culminates with a stabbing through the heart with a sword.

Ears are cut from the bulls as grisly trophies for the matadors. The animals will have suffered enormously in the bullring and, if they are still conscious when the ear is cut off, their agony will be even greater.

The Paddy Power company has been made fully aware of the violent horrors of bullfighting. A video sent to their head office shows a bleeding and injured bull - still conscious - lying paralysed on the ground as a
bullfighter uses a dagger to carve off one of its ears.


ACTION ALERT

Please register your disgust at Paddy Power's barbaric bets. Order some "Stop Barbaric Bets" campaign postcards for yourself and your friends to send in to Paddy Power's head office in Dublin. If you run an animal
welfare group, please distribute postcards to your supporters and ask them to urgently send them.

To order cards, please email your name and address to info [AT]
banbloodsports.com or write to ICABS, PO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. We would be grateful if you could include a 55c stamp with your order (for every 15 cards requested) to cover postage costs.

ACTION ALERT

Please urgently contact the CEO of Paddy Power and demand an end to its bullfighting bets. Ask as many of your friends as possible to respond to this action alert and post it on your website and social networking
pages.

Patrick Kennedy
Chief Executive
Paddy Power Plc
Airton House, Airton Road
Tallaght, Dublin 24

Email:
ppower@paddypower.com; info@paddypowerplc.com
Tel: 00353 (0)1 404 5900. Fax: 00353 (0)1 404 5901.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dear Mr Kennedy,

I am writing to express my absolute disgust that Paddy Power is accepting bets on the number of ears carved off the heads of bulls at Spanish bullfighting events.

Removed after the tortured bulls collapse in agony, the ears are kept by the matadors as grisly trophies. Sometimes the animals are still alive when the ears are hacked off and this can be seen in video footage at
www.youtube.com/icabs

As bets are being placed on the Paddy Power website, bulls are stumbling around bullrings with blood spurting from their backs and spraying from their noses and mouths. How can your company justify making money from this disgusting animal abuse?

Paddy Power - Stop the bloody bullring bets NOW!

Yours sincerely,

Name/Location

Campaign Video: Paddy Power Plc - Stop the bloody bullring bets
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5we4eBEdLgQ

Video: Bullfighting Cruelty in Spain
www.dailymotion.com/video/x3nykl_bullfighting-cruelty_animals


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Bullfight exhibition sponsor revealed: Luis de Grandes Pascual, MEP
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Luis de Grandes Pascual, MEP

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has learned that Spanish MEP, Luis de Grandes Pascual (Partido Popular) is the individual who sponsored next month's scheduled "Between Man and Bull" bullfighting
exhibition.

Correspondence received this week from the European Parliament outlines that the exhibition will include photos, videos and pictures.

Responding to an ICABS complaint, a Parliament spokesperson stated:
"According to the relevant rules, outside organisations can apply to use EP facilities under certain conditions. Any application must be sponsored in writing by an MEP and approved by the responsible member of the College of Quaestors after consideration of a reasoned opinion from the Secretary General. Subject to capacity constraints, each MEP can sponsor one event in each legislature."

"In the case in question, the exhibition is sponsored by Mr Luis de Grandes Pascual MEP and has been approved under the provisions of the current rules," he added.

Please join us in lodging a complaint with Luis de Grandes Pascual MEP
Email:
luis.degrandespascual@europarl.europa.eu


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Google thanked for removing bullfight adverts
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ICABS has thanked Google for removing bullfighting adverts from a page which previews a book about anti-bullfight campaigner, Vicki Moore. In our appeal to the company, we told of how brave Vicki was violently
gored by a bull while documenting animal cruelty and sadly died five years later.

"We are sure that it was not Google's intention to be insensitive or disrespectful but the fact remains that the presence of these links are hurtful not only to Vicki's surviving husband, Tony, but also to the many people in Ireland, the UK and across Europe who remember the enormous contribution Vicki made to the campaign against bullfighting," we stated in our correspondence last month.

In an email reply to ICABS, a Google spokesperson acknowledged "the contradiction of showing the ads on a book search site against animal violence".

ICABS was delighted to subsequently learn, through Tony Moore and his partner Matilda Mench (both of whom launched the Google campaign), that the sponsored links had been removed from the Life on the Line page.

As Google continues to accept adverts from bullfighting-related companies, the campaign continues. Please see below for more details on how you can help persuade Google to stop advertising this abhorrent activity.


ACTION ALERT

Thank Google for removing the bullfighting sponsored links from the Life on the Line page. The links continue to appear on other Google pages, however, so please urge the company to show compassion and stop accepting adverts from those involved in this barbaric blood sport.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, Ph.D.
CEO, Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Fax: 001 650 253 0001

Email Google Ads at:
adwords-support@google.com
(If emailing, please try and also post or fax a letter to Dr Schmidt as well)

Dear Mr Schmidt,

I am writing to thank Google for removing bullfighting sponsored links from the Google Book Search page for Life on the Line, a book about brave anti-bullfighting campaigner, Vicki Moore.

Sadly, similar links continue to appear on other Google pages. I ask you to please stop accepting Sponsored Link adverts from companies involved with bullfighting, one of the world's worst forms of animal abuse. Your
decision to disassociate Google from this appalling blood sport would be widely welcomed by millions around the world.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Video: Vicki Moore / Life on the Line
Tribute to Vicki Moore and her dedication to helping animals
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgOsYkE72E

Read a preview of "Life on the Line - The heroic story of Vicki Moore"
by Matilda Mench at:
books.google.com

Purchase the book at
bluecoatpress.co.uk
or from your local book shop (ISBN-1904438571)


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MEP contacts Parliament President about bullfight exhibition
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Irish MEP, Kathy Sinnott, has contacted the President of the European Parliament about an exhibition which bullfighters are planning to hold at EU Headquarters next month. The blood sports brigade are trying to
convince parliamentarians that slowly torturing a bull to death is a "noble" activity that should be preserved.

In a letter to all of Ireland's MEPs, ICABS stated: "We are shocked and horrified to learn today that there is to be a bullfighting exhibition entitled 'Between Man and Bull', the purpose of which is to try to persuade legislators that bullfighting is a 'noble' activity. This is due to commence on June 4th, and is aimed at familiarising Parliament members with the 'beauty' and 'proud liveliness' of this 'European cultural heritage'."

"If you abhor what can only be described as the world's worst blood sport, please strongly object to the mounting of this grotesque exhibition, masquerading as art and tradition," we added.

Appealing to the President of the European Parliament to scrap the exhibition, we highlighted this week how opposition to bullfighting across Europe is at an all-time high and continually growing.

"A majority of EU citizens want bullfighting banned," we emphasised. "We hope that you can reverse the decision to allow the bullfighting industry into Parliament to speak favourably about this indefensible
blood sport."

ACTION ALERT

Urge the European Parliament to close its doors to bullfighters spreading misinformation about one of Europe's worst instances of animal cruelty

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Hans-Gert Pöttering
President of the European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
PHS 11B11
B-1047 Brüssel, Belgium

Email:
hans-gert.poettering@europarl.europa.eu

Dear Mr Pöttering,

I wish to register my strong objection to the "Between Man and Bull" exhibition which is due to take place at the European Parliament early next month. Considering the extreme animal cruelty involved in bullfighting and the fact that millions in Spain, France, Portugal and all across Europe want this barbarity banned, I believe that bullfighters should not be invited into Parliament buildings.

These heartless animal abusers describe their sport as a noble tradition that should be preserved but you will surely agree that there is no place in a modern Europe for the slow torture to death of animals for entertainment. It is now time for bullfighting to be banned and I urge you to cancel this exhibition and to work towards ridding the EU of this, and all, blood sports.

Thank you very much. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]


ACTION ALERT

Ask your MEPs to lodge a complaint against the "Between Man and Bull" exhibition and to call for it to be cancelled. Also urge them to support future moves in the EU to finally bring bullfighting to an end. Contact
details for your country's MEPs can be found at
www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public.do