Activists protest bullfighting during Pope Francis service in Italy 

Animal News : Activists protest bullfighting during Pope Francis service in Italy 
Woman protests against bullfighting, St Paul's Basilica in Rome, Italy, credit: Reuters/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Two women from the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protested against bullfighting on Thursday during a service with Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, in Italy.

The women held up banners and shouted against bullfighting in the center aisle of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Last year, animal rights activists gathered near the Vatican dressed in red capes to urge Pope Francis to condemn bullfighting.

Bullfights are “often held in honor of Catholic saints or during holy Christian celebrations; the Catholic Church can – and must – help end this animal abuse by publicly condemning bull torture in the name of religion,” PETA said in a statement.

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