Spain: It's Criminal to Charge and Fine Compassionate Anti-Bullfighting Activist

  • by: Jessica Ramos
  • recipient: Delegación de Gobierno de Málaga y Área de Justicia

Virginia Ruiz, a 38-year-old anti-bullfighting activist from Spain, did something incredible. While she attended a bullfight in Málaga to document the cruelty, she was inspired to take action. In an act of pure compassion, she jumped into the bullring where a wounded bull lay. Like a mother protecting a defenseless child, she draped her body over his. She recalled that he kept looking for her with his eyes, and she could feel him struggling to breathe underneath her. She later explained that she wanted the bull to feel a loving energy before he crossed the rainbow.

But everyone from the crowd to the matadors wanted the show to end. Eventually the bull was stabbed to death.

But Ruiz alleges that the brutality didn't end with the bull. While she was dragged away, she was kicked behind the barricade. She was then illegally detained. And if it weren't for two level headed men, she could've been lynched.

Ruiz survived the ordeal, but her troubles aren't over. She's now being charged with trespassing and fined 6,000 Euros ( approximately $6,700).

Ruiz was inspired to take action in the bullring. You can do the same for her by signing and sharing this petition in support of Ruiz -- in support of love and compassion towards animals. It's truly criminal that she's the one being charged and fined for giving a dying bull a loving send off before he crossed the rainbow. Assuming her account is accurate, then the men who kicked her, intimidated her, illegally detained her and almost lynched her need to be brought to justice.

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