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To the Board of the Lions Club International:
I am writing to you about a bullfight (a spectacle in which at least six bulls are violently harassed, maimed and tortured in the name of entertainment) which is being announced to take place in Caldas da Rainha, a town near Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, as the “First Lions Bullfight” (“Primeira Corrida Lions”, in Portuguese – please find attached the poster which is being used to announce this bullfight).
Bullfighting is a gruesome form of entertainment which has no place in a civilised society. However, persistent bullfighting agents are still doing everything they can to save their evil business, namely in Portugal, Spain, France and in Latin America. One of their tactics to keep their business alive is to try to dilute the moral and social opposition and outrage it generates by associating bullfighting spectacles with charities, namely by raising money for these charities by torturing animals as a show, thus aiming to legitimise their cruel activity by linking it to so-called ethical concerns and actions of solidarity and generosity such as those that these charities perform.
The number of people in Portugal who derive pleasure from watching the bloody bullfighting spectacles is by far much smaller than the number of people who oppose this activity and want to see it banned, as recent surveys have shown. Bullfighting is experiencing such opposition in Portugal, that, in 2008, 9 national and international companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s, KODAK and MELKA have ended the association that these companies´ Portuguese branches had with bullfighting activities in Portugal, refusing any involvement with these cruel spectacles, which had negative marketing effects for their brands – while their steps to terminate their relationship with bullfighting had extremely positive marketing effects, showing that these companies do not accept animal cruelty as a way to promote their brands and products.
As an example of this movement, when stating its position on the issue, KODAK UK Chairman Julian Baust made KODAK’s position strongly and positively clear, saying “KODAK in no way condones animal cruelty”. Other companies issued similar statements when they have announced that they would no longer get involved with bullfighting.
Also, last year, a Lisbon court has deemed bullfighting as “a cruel and violent spectacle”, “unsuitable for children and teenagers, as it is susceptible of negatively influencing their personality”, in a historic court decision regarding the exhibition of bullfights on TV followed by an injunction brought by ANIMAL. With this decision, the court restricted the broadcasting of one bullfight on TV.
This year, the Mayors of three important cities in Portugal have already announced that they will not authorise bullfights in their towns.
There are many good and ethical ways of promoting, attracting support and raising funds for institutions such as the Lions Club. In Portugal, very recently, the most well reputed organisation which provides urgent assistance and protection to children in danger – the Refúgio Aboim Ascensão – was also contacted by bullfighting agents who were seeking to associate this extraordinarily important and respected institution with a “charity bullfight”. Responding to this deplorable move, this institution’s director has not only categorically refused any association with bullfighting but went as far as to warn the bullfighting agents who had contacted him that, if they tried to associate his organisation’s name with bullfighting, they would face civil and criminal charges.
For the director of the Refúgio Aboim Ascensão, animal cruelty is also and evidently not an acceptable way to find help for needy children.
In the same way, there is no good reason for a local Lions Club in Portugal to consider jeopardising the Lions Club as an international organisation with its huge respectability by associating itself with a spectacle such as a bullfight, which is an abhorrent and extremely violent show, colliding with all the basic principles of aid, solidarity, compassion and altruism which serves as a moral and social ground for the work of your institution.
I am hereby contacting the Portuguese Governor of the Lions Club Portugal urging him to take steps to dissociate your institution from bullfighting and its blood stained money. However, I also feel that I should contact you as well, urging the Lions Club International to have its Portuguese branch understanding that bullfighting is not an acceptable activity for your organisation to become involved with.
Please do what you can to stop the Portuguese Lions Club – and, with it, the Lions Club International – from becoming forever stained by this unspeakable event.
Looking forward for your reply and thanking you in anticipation for your attention,
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