Pressure is still being brought to bear on the Minister of Culture, who seems inclined to strike the bullfight off his list of cultural heritages.
The demonstration on 28 May in Paris will still go ahead, whatever happens. If the bullfight is indeed removed, the campaigners are intending to ask for the immediate tabling of Mme. Muriel Marland-Militello and Mme. Geneviève Gaillard’s bill onto the agenda of the National Assembly. This bill would repeal Alinéa 7 of Article 521.1 of the French Penal Code – which exempts the bullfight from the normal penalties available for those perpetrating cruelty on animals – and would demand an enquiry into bullfight finances.

To date, there are 90 abolitionist MPs. Some of them, as well as some Senators, will attend the demonstration, which is expected to be well attended.

Senator Roland Povinelli is inspiring the campaigners with hope.

On May 5, he tabled bill 493, which would punish, without exception, serious cruelty inflicted upon companion and domesticated animals and those held in captivity.

This bill is now available for signing in the Senate until May 20.

Site (in French) :

The network also includes CRAC Europe, Comité Radicalement Anti Corrida pour la protection de l’enfance – campaigning for the protection of children.

The journalist Luce Lapin, who has for years endorsed campaigns for animal welfare with a regular column – Les Puces –  in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, is wholeheartedly in support of this campaign.


Please see Christophe Thomas’s comments below.


with Christophe at his home near Rennes

Fadjen at one year old


  1. SPEAK for Animals

    Thank you for posting this amazing story. Christophe has done a wonderful job of caring for Fadjen, and he has grown into a big, happy, healthy bull. The photos and videos of Christophe and Fadjen’s relationship are just beautiful. It is a friendship that warms the heart and shows us what is possible if we truly want a world of peace and harmony.

  2. MH

    Merci bien and thank you, Christophe!

    Fadjen is a beautiful Spanish toro bravo – brave bull – doing wonderfully well with you in France.

    What an excellent symbol of French opposition to barbarity!


  3. Thomas Christophe


    I am the person who saved Fadjen, a bull intended for the bullfighting arenas.
    This bull is sponsored by Crac (Radically Anti -Bullfight Committee) which responded favorably to your request to participate distantly in the demonstration against the inclusion of French bullfighting as a cultural heritage on May 28 at 1500 in Paris Place du Palais-Royal.

    To motivate people to come to this event, I had the idea to make a video with Fadjen, in order to convey a message.

    All associations at the end of the video referred to therein. And this list will be updated as and when new listings come in.

    Fadjen at his website:

    Christophe and Fadjen.

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