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Peruvian activists protest bullfighting

Monday, November 07, 2011 - 01:22

Nov. 7 - Animal rights activists in Lima protest bullfighting as Peru's annual Lord of Miracles celebrations begins. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Animal rights activists in Lima protest against bullfighting. A group of women chant, "Alive they took them, alive we want them." The protests come as Peru's annual Lord of Miracles celebration begins, which is traditionally marked with a large bullfighting fair attended by thousands of fans. Director of the group "Peru Against Bullfighting" says polls show most Peruvians oppose the sport. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) HERNAN VILLALTA, DIRECTOR OF THE GROUP "PERU AGAINST BULLFIGHTING": "In the latest polls, up to 70 percent of Peruvian citizens are against these cruel activities that are committed against the animals and that encourage violence in our society." But fans say the bullfights are an important tradition. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) HUMBERTO SALAZAR, BULLFIGHTING FAN: "I've come to see the bullfights since 1959 or 1960, and I like it because it is a tradition, both here in Lima and through South America. It's something that was left to us by the Spanish." The activists, supported by members of several political parties in Peru's congress, are calling on Peruvians to support legislation to abolish bullfighting. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Peruvian activists protest bullfighting

Monday, November 07, 2011 - 01:22