Car ad promotes animal cruelty
Published in The Journal News, July 5, 2001:
Several animal protection organizations have been
conducting demonstrations around Westchester and New York City concerning a
Nissan auto commercial that promotes the horrific 'sport' of bullfighting.
Bullfighting is a cruel and deck-stacked blood sport in
which otherwise peaceful bulls are goaded to fight and ultimately stabbed to
death. Even in so-called 'bloodless' bullfighting, the animal - disoriented
from being kept in the dark for two days and having caustic substances
smeared in his eyes - is also drugged, gored and tormented.
Nissan said it will not pull this ad because it doesn't
show the animal being killed. We say promoting archaic staged 'fights'
between animal and man, in any way, is a stumbling block for the
humanization of mankind. Studies indicate that violent behavior towards
people starts with abuse of animals. Demonstrations against bullfighting are
being held all over Spain, Portugal and Mexico; let's not romanticize this
The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester
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