Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 11: Battered, Bruised & Consumed

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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Natalie Portman @ The Huffington Post: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals Turned Me Vegan and

Carol J. Adams: A vegan-feminist lament

Natalie Portman – a newbie vegetarian-to-vegan convert, thanks to Jonathan Safran Foer’s welfarist Eating Animals (zuh?) – recently caused a stir when she compared the consumption of “meat” to the consumption of women, i.e., in the form of rape:

He posits that consideration, as promoted by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which has more to do with being polite to your tablemates than sticking to your own ideals, would be absurd if applied to any other belief (e.g., I don’t believe in rape, but if it’s what it takes to please my dinner hosts, then so be it).

Naturally, Portman’s remark(s) unleashed a torrent of speciesism – to which Carol Adams responds with a vegan-feminist lament.

(This is the point at which I’d normally swoon over Ms. Portman – but I’m still somewhat heartbroken over her Jane Hancock on the “free Polanski” petition.)

Striking at the Roots: Carol J. Adams on Activism, Veganism and Models for Change

In what’s shaping up to be a series (see also: Mark’s conversation with Andrew Zollman of LGBT Compassion), author/activist Mark Hawthorne interviews vegetarian (vegan?) / feminist Carol Adams. The two touch upon sexism within the animal rights movement, masculine vs. feminist models of change, the gendered nature of animal exploitation, and guerrilla activism. Keep it coming, Mark!

Stephanie @ Animal Rights: Are American Rodeos More Acceptable Than Spanish Bullfighting?

Stephanie details an alarming trend: as Spanish animal advocacy groups work to bring an end to bullfighting, promoters of American rodeos are promoting the “sport” as a “humane” alternative. Clearly, the question she poses – Are American Rodeos More Acceptable Than Spanish Bullfighting? – is a rhetorical one, and the answer is a resounding hell no! Here, colonialism meets speciesism, and everyone loses. Save for the colonizers, of course.

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The Rodeo/Horse Slaughter Connection, Bullfighting & More: Recent Action Alerts from SHARK

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

In cleaning out my inbox, I found the following action alerts from SHARK; I’m including them all here for simplicity’s sake (and because I cannot find them to link to on SHARK’s website). These are all from the group’s most recent enewsletter, dated October 14, 2009.

Rodeos Send Their Horses to Slaughter

Love is a Slaughter Line???!!!

Rodeos claim to care about their animals, so why do many of their worn-out bucking horses suffer the horror of a slaughterhouse? SHARK’s 141st YouTube video is one of the most graphic we have released, making the connection between rodeo and horse slaughter. We didn’t do it to sicken people. We did it to let people know just how cruel rodeo is, and how much rodeo animal victims are suffering. It brings into focus even more sharply the role of corporate sponsors such as Coca-Cola.
 
I hope you will watch this video, and then call Coke (800-438-2653/800-Get-Coke) and let the company know just what you think. It is because of big money from corporate sponsors like Coke that rodeo stock contractors are breaking their horses down, as well as overbreeding, and then casting the foals who don’t make the cut into the clutches of the horrific slaughter industry.
 
Foreign companies are killing America’s horses — many of them rodeo horses — to be sent abroad for human consumption.

Call your legislators and ask them to vote Yes on HR503 and S727 – Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009. For more information on what you can do, go to: http://HorseKillers.com

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SHARK: Bloodless Bullfighting Coming to America

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Excerpted from SHARK’s May 5, 2009 e-newsletter:

Bloodless Bullfighting Coming to America

More Bull and Horse Abuse in Las Vegas

SHARK has been notified that the company Don Bull Productions (in cooperation with Protamex) is going to organize bloodless bullfights in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas. These bullfights are going to take place on September 14th and 15th, as well as in December 2009, September and December 2010. For more information, click here.

We are told that the bulls are dressed with a Velcro “cape” designed to catch the harpoons (which have no points, but a tip also of Velcro). The concern is that these bullfights might be bloodless, but real toreros such as ‘El Cordobes’ (who kill bulls during other events) take part in them, and both bulls and horses are subjected to stress and injuries during such events. We also have a strong suspicion that the bulls used during these events are going to be killed in Mexico, during a regular bullfight or in the slaughterhouse.

We cannot let these events happen in Las Vegas, because the bullfighting industry is losing ground in the ‘real’ bullfighting countries Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and is now trying to export these events to other countries.

The last thing we need in this country is more animal abusing events.

What You Can Do:

Contact the South Point Arena, the mayor of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and ask others to do the same. Las Vegas has plenty to offer and doesn’t need to abuse animals for entertainment.

Mr. Oscar B. Goodman
Mayor of Las Vegas
City Hall, Tenth Floor
400 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-6241
Fax: (702) 385-7960
email the Mayor, click here
Mayor’s website

Website Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (official tourism authority): www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas/index.jsp
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Attn. Board of Directors
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702-892-0711
Fax: 702-892-2824
LVCVA’s website

South Port Equestrian and Events Center: www.southpointeventscenter.com
South Point Arena
Attn. Steve Stallworth, director general
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89189
Hotel Phone: 866-796-7111 toll free
Hotel Fax: 702-797-8001
Equestrian and Events Center Phone: 702-797-8005
South Port’s website

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Kinship Circle: Cancel Charity Bullfight, May 3

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 12:35 PM
Subject: Cancel Charity Bullfight, May 3 [KC MEMBER ALERT]

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
The following information is brought to you courtesy of Kinship Circle.
Please DO NOT hit reply! Respond directly to: miguel.moutinho [at] animal.org.pt

ALERT FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE MEMBER:
4/27/08: Ask Portuguese Fire Fighters To Cancel “Charity Bullfight,” May 3

Kinship Circle - Factsheet - Bullfights & Blood Fiestas

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Miguel Moutinho | ANIMAL, miguel.moutinho [at] animal.org.pt

BACKGROUND:

The Portuguese Fire Fighters League seems to persist in having its so-called “charity bullfight,” on 3rd May, near Lisbon, Portugal, to raise funds to build the “Fire Fighters House.”

Bullfights are extremely violent spectacles which consist in harassing and torturing 6 bulls just for fun, as part of a tradition which is no longer accepted by the majority of the Portuguese society (despite the lawful standing this spectacle still holds) and which could never be justified under any possible moral grounds.

It is absolutely shocking to know that the organisation that represents fire fighters, nationwide, in Portugal — and which holds “a life for a life” as its motto — is involved as the beneficiary and co-promoter of this “charity bloodshed.” It is also disappointing to see that, despite the many hundreds of emails sent from people across the world and from within Portugal to this league, this institution has not even bothered to respond — while keeping its programmed bullfight.

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DawnWatch: Time Magazine on child bullfighters 6/11/07 edition

Monday, June 11th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 10, 2007 7:04 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Time Magazine on child bullfighters 6/11/07 edition

Time magazine hates children (particularly their childlike innocence).

Photo via Carlos Olivares

The “Postcard” section of the June 11 edition of Time magazine is headed, “Postcard: Mexico” and the highlight reads, “With no minimum age for matadors, the country has children as young as 10 picking up the sword. Can they save a dying sport? In the ring with the world’s youngest bullfighter.” Unfortunately it is pretty much a fluff piece on bullfighting. It is by Tim Padgett.

It opens with a failed attempt by Rafita, a ten year old, 80lb boy, to kill his first bull. We read, “Together with a handful of other child stars Rafita has reawakened interest in bullfighting when it looked headed for obscurity in Mexico.”

While the piece mostly discusses the excitement around the young bullfighters, we do read:

“The sport’s revival is not without controversy. The children have engendered an impassioned debate over whether bullfighting is a noble drama that preserves Mexican heritage or a barbaric spectacle that, in the words of animal-rights activist Eduardo Lamazón, ‘has no place in a society like ours that’s trying to modernize.'”

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WSPA: Anti-Bullfighting Action

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Anti-Bullfighting Action

The anti-bullfight Catalonia campaign continues to grow from strength to strength and continues to draw support from Bullfighting, Catalonia animal welfare enthusiasts and supporters from across the globe.

Support the Anti-Bullfighting Campaign ‘Culture without Cruelty‘ and help WSPA to end the cruel sport of bullfighting.

* Sign the global online petition!

Add your details to the online petition and join the international community calling for a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia.

* Download and print the petition!

If you have already signed up to the campaign, please download our Anti-Bullfighting petition, print this out and get signatures from friends, family or work collegues – you can make a real impact for these majestic creatures through this simple gesture of support.

Learn more

Read more about WSPA‘s work to end bullfighting >>

Visit the ADDA website (in Spanish) to read more about the anti-bullfight campaign.

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DawnWatch: NY Times promotes bullfighting in Madrid 3/25/07

Monday, March 26th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 26, 2007 4:15 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times promotes bullfighting in Madrid 3/25/07

The March 25, Sunday New York Times travel section, included a section on Madrid and a brief piece headed, “Feeling Bullish” (pg 100).

It said only:

“Bullfighting in Spain faces the double-edged sword of youth apathy and rising animal rights activism. But much of the city remains passionate about the sport, and Madrid is still a great place to see it.”

Then it gave information on knowing your matadors and “When To Go” and “How to Get Tickets.”

The New York Times takes letters at letters [at] nytimes.com.

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published. And please be sure not to use any exact phrases from me or from any other alerts in your letters. Editors are looking for original responses from their readers.

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DawnWatch: "Bullfighting’s future in doubt" — Daily Telegraph 20 Dec, 2006

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Dec 20, 2006 7:51 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “Bullfighting’s future in doubt” — Daily Telegraph 20 Dec, 2006

Their is news from Spain, indicating true progress in the world, reported in the Wednesday, December 20, edition of London’s Daily Telegraph. The article, by Fiona Govan, is headed, “Bullfighting’s future in doubt as Spaniards turn Away.” (P 17)

It opens:

“Bullfighting was facing an uncertain future in Spain yesterday with the announcement that the last bullring in Barcelona is to close after failing to draw enough spectators.

“The Monumental Plaza de Toros in Barcelona is to close due to falling crowds

“The rising cost of mounting a spectacle that a growing number of Spaniards view as a cruel and unnecessary part of their culture has forced the promoters of the Monumental Plaza de Toros to cut their losses and look for alternatives uses for the ring.

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DawnWatch: Catalonia, Spain (includes Barcelona) considers bullfight ban – London Daily Telegraph, Thursday June 22

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 22, 2006 3:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Catalonia, Spain (includes Barcelona) considers bullfight ban — London Daily Telegraph, Thursday June 22

There is promising news from Spain today. The June 22 edition of London’s Daily Telegraph (pg 20) reports, “Catalonia moves to abolish bullfighting.”

The article opens:

“Catalonia’s parliament is poised today to take the first step to abolishing bullfighting throughout the autonomous region in north-eastern Spain….

“Barcelona, the capital of the region, declared itself “an anti-bullfighting city” two years ago following a series of public protests and a petition of more than 250,000 names.

“Another 22 Catalan municipalities followed suit. Despite these public declarations the bullrings can be closed only by a change of the law, a process that ERC, the pro-independence party of the republican Left, will initiate today with a motion to amend existing animal cruelty legislation, from which bullfighting is currently exempt.”

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