Target: Muzamani Charles MC Nwaila, Director General, Department of Traditional Affairs, South Africa
Goal: End the barbaric Zulu Ritual in which teenagers kill a bull with their bare hands.
Every year on the first Saturday of December, the First Fruits Festival is held in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. During this festival, people bring their first harvest for the Zulu Monarch. The king will eat the harvest, bless the land, and pray to god. He also invites about 40 teenagers, as young as 14, to kill a bull. This marks the coming of age of Zulu warriors.
In order to kill the bull, the 40 young men have to use their bare hands. They will kick and punch the bull as well as gouge the bull’s eyes and shove whatever they can down the bull’s throat. The ritual is as barbaric as it sounds. The bull will endure countless acts of torture until he finally dies.
Bulls are intelligent, curious, and sentient beings. They are social and form friendships. No living being should be subjected to this torture. A battle of 40 against one is no sign of a warrior. Sign this petition and demand that South African officials end this cruel ritual.
Dear Professor Nwaila,
On the first Saturday of December every year, the First Fruits Festival is held in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Most of the traditions are fun for all. However, the scene becomes barbaric when the king invites teenagers, as young as 14, to kill a bull as a mark of them now being a Zulu warrior.
Usually about 40 young men come to kill the bull. The one condition is that they must use their bare hands. They will kick and punch the bull. In addition, the boys will gouge the bull’s eyes, twist his testicles, shove dirt and hands down his throat and tear his skin off his body. The bull will have to endure all of these cruel, torturous acts until he finally dies.
Bulls can experience fear and pain just like humans. No living being should be subjected to acts of torture like this. Bulls are intelligent, curious, and sentient beings. They are quite social and form friendships. In this festival, a lone bull is attacked by 40 boys. Forty against one is no sign of a warrior.
I am asking you to put an end to this annual act of animal abuse. There are other ways to mark the coming of age as a warrior. An obstacle course or another type of difficult task could be used as a replacement. Please consider the pain and fear the bull feels as he is torn apart and beaten alive.
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