Join the Spanish Party for the Animals ‘Misión Abolición’ massive bullfight protest
Spain’s party for the animals, Partido Animalista (PACMA) is organising a huge protest against bullfighting on 16th September in Madrid. The rally is expected to be the biggest anti-bullfighting protest in history and will take place at Madrid’s best known public square, Puerta del Sol (Spanish for “Gate of the Sun”). PACMA urges everyone to join the protest – which they call ‘Misión Abolición’ (English: ‘Mission Abolition’)- either by coming to Madrid or by joining the social media campaign.
Call for ‘Misión Abolición’ protest
Taking over social media channels
PACMA asks everyone to show their support for the bulls by sharing a photo or video of themselves – with cheeks painted with green and black stripes like in this video – and to share it via different social media channels under the hashtag #MisionAbolicion. The plan is to take over social media channels in the coming days and make #MisionAbolicion trending on the 16th of September. More information in Spanish is available here.
Each year, thousands of bulls suffer a gruesome death in bullfights, an inaccurate term for events in which there is very little competition between a sword-wielding matador and a confused, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated animal. PACMA, together with the people of Spain, thinks that the time has come to end this cruelty once and for all.
In preparation of the ‘Misión Abolición’ protest, PACMA has also made a short documentary, called ‘Tauromaquia’ (English:’Tauromachy’), focusing on what the bulls go through in the ring. The film shows scenes that were all recorded at bullfights. There are no testimonies, no opinions by either animal welfare activists or bullfighting experts. There are no hidden cameras. Nothing that one cannot see on any given day at an ordinary bullring.
This is the first film that focuses on the experience of the bulls. “The images are not those you would normally see at a televised event, yet they happen, it all depends on where you point the camera,” explains the film director, video journalist Jaime Alekos, whose goal was to “portray the bull as a sentient being.”
Click here to watch the documentary.
(Source: El País)