“Unacceptable cruel spectacle”: a petition wants to ban traditional cow fights in Isère

“Unacceptable cruel spectacle”: a petition wants to ban traditional cow fights in Isère
“Unacceptable cruel spectacle”: a petition wants to ban traditional cow fights in Isère

A practice from another time. This is what a petition denounces, asking for a ban on Hérens cow fighting, a tradition which opens the summer season in the mountains.

This Saturday, June 2, at Sept Laux in Isère, Hérens cow fights will take place during the event presented as “the match of queens”. “For the first time, Les 7 Laux is hosting a gathering of Hérens cows with a view to qualifying for the national final of the Queens Matches. Breeders from Isère, Savoie, Haute Savoie, Ain and Drôme Will be present”, indicates the Facebook post which presents the event.

An event that the Justice Animaux Savoie association takes a very dim view of, which launched a petition on May 28 aimed at banning this practice.

Among the arguments, the fact that this tradition is an import of a Swiss custom, which arrived in France around thirty years ago.

Locked cows, transport stress, crowd noise…

Beyond the questioning of the traditional legitimacy of the practice, it is above all the conditions for the animals that are denounced. “Hérens cows are, for the most part, locked up or even tied up all winter. When they come out in spring, the date of the first fights, they are particularly inclined to fight. Added to this is the stress of transport, since the animals are brought to the scene of combat in cattle trucks”, denounces the petition. Added to these elements, once there, is the noise of the crowd, adding stress to the animals.

“This has always existed. In Switzerland, in Italy… Under no circumstances do we force our animals to fight. Each breeder is very respectful. We love our animals above all else”reacted a breeder to France Info.

This Thursday, May 30, at midday, the petition already had more than 23,000 signatures.

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