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article imageBullwatch: Pamela Anderson speaks out on bullfighting in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Oct 24, 2013 in World
Madrid - Joining forces with animal rights campaigners who want the brutal sport banned, Baywatch's Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to Spain's politicians telling them to stop subsidizing the "cruel pastime."
On the same day that animal welfare organizations met with Spain's politicians to attempt to persuade them not to sign off on legislation that could see bullfighting protected as 'cultural heritage' in Spain, Anderson's letter was delivered to Spain's Parliament.
The Parliament's culture commission voted recently in favor of the motion pushed through by the country's ruling Partido Popular to retain the sport as part of Spain's "culture."
Now the country's politicians are set to vote on the initiative in November. Should the legislation be passed, Spain's government will then be able to use public money to subsidize a pastime known in Spain as 'la lidia'.
However, animal rights activists, and now Anderson herself, are strong opposed to the move, which they say is continuing a cruel activity with falling popularity.
Excerpts from Anderson's letter read as follows:
"Tormenting bulls for entertainment belongs to the Dark Ages, not the 21st century."
"Spain is a modern country with an abundance of treasures: art, architecture and music. This is the reason why many people around the world enjoy both visiting and living its rich heritage."
"But in 2013, in an otherwise civilized society, seeking to continue the gratuitous slaughter of sentient animals is perverse."
"I have devoted my entire career to entertainment and I know that there is nothing entertaining about bulls being stabbing death in the arenas. Although bullfighting in Spain continues, times and feelings have changed and millions of Spanish citizens have signed petitions to ban bullfighting in the country. In fact, according to a recent survey, 76% of Spaniards have said they have no interest in bullfighting,"
“Please take a compassionate stance against this cruel pastime by rejecting the bill to protect bullfighting. I guarantee that you will win the hearts, including mine, of citizens around the world.”
According to El Mundo (in Spanish), she went on to say that Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia, as well as many cities in Spain, have banned bullfighting and that more countries are tending to go in that direction.
Marta Esteban Miñano, of the group "La Tortura No Es Cultura" (torture is not culture) said in a statement:
"Compassionate Spanish citizens do not support the cruel spectacle of bullfighting and don't want public funds used to help this dying industry."
The group also cited an Ipsos MORI poll on Wednesday, which showed that only 29 percent of Spaniards support the brutal "sport." In the same poll, just over 1,000 people showed that 76 percent of Spaniards did not think public funds should be used to support bullfighting.
The brutal activity is already banned in the Spanish regions of Catalunya and also in the Canary Islands.
Anderson is also involved with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and is famous for posing with her body marked off showing the various joints with the slogan "All animals have the same parts:"
This is the ad  featuring Pamela Anderson marked up like a side of beef.  The Montreal Film and TV C...
This is the ad, featuring Pamela Anderson marked up like a side of beef. The Montreal Film and TV Commission objected to the ad, saying it was sexist.
PETA is currently running a petition in an attempt to sway the Spanish government on the issue of bullfighting.
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