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    An anti-bullfighting protester with the words written on his chest in French, 'Macron (referring to the French President Emmanuel Macron) you can stop this' and holding a sign that reads, 'No to the Corrida, save the bulls-Vegan strike group' is chased after jumping into the arena following the slaying of the first bull during the Corrida Goyesque bullfight in Bayonne, southwest France on August 15, 2017

    Vegan Activist Jumps Into Bullring to Send a Message to Macron (VIDEO)

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    An animal rights activist jumped into the bullring during a summer festival in Bayonne, France on Tuesday, tearing his shirt to reveal a message to French President Emmanuel Macron.

    The slogan written on the activist's torso read: "Macron, you can stop this." The protester also rolled out a banner denouncing the traditional sport: "No to the corrida [Spanish for bullfighting], save the bulls. Vegan strike group."

    According to Le Monde newspaper, the protester has been identified as a 34-year-old Dutchman who has a record of jumping into more than 30 bullrings and dolphinariums in France and other countries as well.

    Vegan Strike Group addressed Tuesday's incident, publishing a statement on their Facebook page saying that the activist was calling on Macron to "implement the abolition of bullfighting" and to help stop "confusing barbarism and tradition."

    Bullfighting is a traditional sport in Spain, France and Portugal. Professional bullfighters have to face a bull and subdue or kill it. Although the history of bullfighting spans more than a thousand years, animal rights groups say that the tradition is cruel and archaic, and should be outlawed.

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