Please Take Action for Bulls Torn Apart in Barbaric Festival


“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Please read the following from PETA and take action by sending a message to South African officials and urge them to ban the bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,”.

Please share widely. 

“The First Fruits Festival, which occurs annually on the first Saturday of every December in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a cultural event to celebrate the coming of age of Zulu warriors. During the festival, teenagers as young as 14 years old are tasked with killing a bull using only their bare hands. During this ghastly attack, approximately 40 young men reportedly force sand or mud down the terrified animal’s throat, gouge his eyes out, and twist his genitals before kicking and beating him to death and manually tearing his flesh apart. Click here for more information.”

Please contact South African officials and urge them to ban this bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,” then spread this alert far and wide!

Click the following link to send the messages by using the email address included. There is a sample letter. Please edit to personalise if possible but please do send.

I have said it time and time again but there is no place in any modern society for such cruelty. Tradition cannot and is not and never will be an acceptable excuse. The same reasoning could be applied to any of the atrocities that once took place in the name of tradition that now no longer exist: Public pressure has ended the Gadhimai Festival, fox hunting as been banned here in the UK , though the struggle continues to reinstate it, foot binding of young girls in China, a crippling and agonising tradition that went on for thousands of years, was banned in the 1900s.  Cockfighting, which has been around for 6,000 years, as been banned in many countries worldwide including here in the UK where it was banned in 1835, in England and Wales and in 1895,in Scotland. Bullfighting was banned in 2011 in Catalonia Spain and in Mexico a few years later. Wild animals in circuses have been banned in Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, and the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. There are many traditions that have had to give way to what I would call our ethical progress.

Read more about five barbaric treatments of animals which have been banned, many of which were traditions of long-standing.

These 5 Barbaric Animal Uses are Now Banned –– What’s Next?

It is interesting that while trying to find traditions that have been banned I came across many appalling traditions that continue that few of us are aware of. Also it is not easy to find cruel traditions that had been banned entirely, while slavery came up many times as an example in truth this practice continues today though not in the form that most of us recognise as slavery, namely the slavery of Africans.

Kindness and compassion towards animals and indeed other humans along with plain and simple morality is more important than tradition. Many of the former traditions of less enlightened times need to be modified to avoid the involvement of animals or banned altogether in order to avoid animal cruelty.

More information

More festivals using culture as an excuse –  makes disturbing reading.


‘Tradition Is Not an Excuse for Cruelty’

“In Spain, the bullfight is on its way out. In Britain, it was fox hunting, which is now illegal. In the U.S., we have our own shameful traditions, including slavery, to dwell on. And in South Africa, apartheid may be a thing of the past, but another cruel custom persists.”

Tradition is no excuse for cruelty

Of all the useless arguments I’ve heard to defend the carriage horse industry, none is more maddening than the argument of “tradition.” How can anyone think that honoring a tradition can be more important than basic compassion?

5 Cruel Animal Traditions That Make No Sense Today

Certain customs and practices in our society are passed down from generation to generation. Some stand the test of time like celebrating Thanksgiving or having a groundhog predict the weather in February when we know meteorologists have already determined when Spring will come. Others we outgrow as times change and that’s not always a bad thing.

While we may have a tinge of nostalgia looking at old photos and think, “I wish things were like that still,” we can all agree slavery, a tradition for centuries, is no longer considered one.

Animals have been victims of human traditions for a long time, and in these five cases, it’s about time it stopped:

Lets bring an end to yet another cruel tradition

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