PORTUGUESE LEAGUE AGAINST CANCER PROMOTES "CHARITY BULLFIGHT"


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Please protest now: Portuguese League Against Cancer promotes shameful "Charity Bullfight". ANIMAL launches international protest campaign.

See letter sent by Action Against Poisoning below.

Despite the phone contacts that ANIMAL tried to establish to prevent it, the Portuguese League Against Cancer insists in raising funds from the coward torture of animals that will happen in this "Charity Bullfight"

About a week ago, the International Movement Against Bullfights launched the alert: the Portuguese League Against Cancer is promoting a Charity Bullfight for next Saturday (26th February), in a small town called Coruche, in the Southern region of Portugal. With this Charity Bullfight, the Portuguese League Against Cancer (which is the biggest and most important charity working against cancer in Portugal) intends to raise money for its work against cancer. In order to prevent that such an important institution, with such an important role and mission, got involved with the brutal torture of bulls and horses that happens in bullfights, ANIMAL made several phone calls and tried, by various means, to contact the Board of this institution, to explain them that it is not acceptable to raise funds for charity - and, more specifically, to fight cancer - based on the infliction of brutal pain and suffering to bulls and horses in bullfights. Our phone calls and contact efforts were never answered nor returned and, at this point, everything is set for this Charity Bullfight to happen next Saturday.

We need your help to prevent this bullfight from happening! Please write to the Portuguese League Against Cancer and urge this institution to cancel its plans for this (or any other) bullfight, explaining to them that the torture of animals is not an acceptable fund-raising method for charities and that a "charity bullfight" is a shamefulidea that should immediately be forgotten.


Portuguese League Against Cancer
Ms. Maria Manuela Bandeira de Melo (Chair of the Board)
E-mail: info@ligacontracancro.pt
Address: Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, n.º 57 – 3.º F, 1070-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: 00 351 21 722 18 10
Fax: 00 351 21 726 80 59


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Action Against Poisoning
The Hague

to Portuguese League Against Cancer
Ms. Maria Manuela Bandeira de Melo, chair of the Board
E-mail: info@ligacontracancro.pt
Address: Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, n.º 57 ? 3.º F,
1070-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: 00 351 21 722 18 10
Fax: 00 351 21 726 80 59


2 March 2005


Ladies and gentlemen,

We were informed that you have staged a bullfight in a small town called Coruche in the southern region of Portugal on 26 February 2005 to sponsor your work on behalf of people with cancer.

We applaud your work as we know that - although the acceptance of and care for people with cancer has greatly improved - there is much to be done yet.
However, we are saddened by the fact that you have chosen for a bullfight as it reflects the opposite of your goal: fighting cancer.

We are saddened by the fact that a welfare fund collects its money by torturing animals. Apart from this ethical aspect we thought that bullfights are illegal in Portugal.
We hope that you have not invited cancer patients to attend the bullfight and warmed them to the art of torture and subsequent killing. They probably are too gentle and caring to take to it.

Anyway, we hope to have made it clear that welfare and care are totally incompatible with the abuse of animals. Where your association tries to fight a lethal disease, we see cruelty towards animals as a growing mental health threat.
So please refrain from such bullfights in the future as it will harm your good cause in general and your organization especially.

Yours sincerely,