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Bullfighting is a traditional European and Latin American sport that involves bulls being baited by humans inside a ring, often resulting in death for the animal and severe injuries for the fighter. While many people still claim bullfighting is a cultural tradition or art form, the reality is that the event is cruel and violent.
Bullfighters do almost anything to taunt the bulls, including hitting them with spiked sticks and stabbing them with lances. The bulls are either killed in the ring or slaughtered after the fight.
This blood sport should not be considered art. Any activity in which an innocent animal suffers or dies in the name of entertainment shouldn't be practiced or promoted.
Write to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) — the organization promoting global peace and collaboration — asking them not to endorse bull fighting as part of cultural heritage.
Dear UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova:
As a concerned animal advocate, I am writing to address the ongoing issue of bull fighting being accepted as a legitimate cultural tradition.
Although bullfighting is seen by many as cultural heritage dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, I see it as nothing more than pure animal cruelty. The fact is, there are always injuries and casualties in bullfighting. The animal is almost always killed either during the event or after, and the bullfighter often sustains serious injuries.
I cannot see the purpose in an activity that leaves animals and humans bloodied and wounded. And there is simply no excuse for treating an innocent animal like a spectacle for human entertainment.
Please do not recognize bullfighting as a legitimate sport anywhere, regardless of tradition. It's plain cruelty and nothing more.