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5/21/2014: For the first time in 35 years, a bullfight at Plaza de las Ventas, Madrid's premier bullring, was called off after all three fighters were gored in just one session. Amazingly, though the incident has sparked alarm around the world, it has done little to change Spain's apathetic attitude toward this gruesome sport. Sign below to tell Spain that brutal events like these do not go unnoticed!
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Bullfighting is a traditional European and Latin American sport that involves bulls being publicly baited, taunted, lanced and eventually stabbed to death by bullfighters inside a ring. Fights often result in severe injuries for the fighter, and always end in death for the animal. Despite its blatant cruelty and violence, the sport is considered by many to be a cultural tradition, and even an art form, and has thus evaded scrutiny in Spain.

In 2013, Spain's parliament bestowed “cultural heritage” status on bullfighting, making it nearly impossible for bans to be put in place. However, recent polls have shown that 75 percent of Spaniards have not attended a bullfight in the past five years, and that only 29 percent are in favor of it at all.

Any activity in which an animal suffers and dies in the name of entertainment ought to be considered inhumane. Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.

Write to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) — the organization promoting global peace and collaboration — asking them to encourage Spain not to endorse bullfighting as a cultural heritage practice and to see it for what it truly is: blatant animal cruelty.

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Dear UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova:

As a concerned animal advocate, I am writing to address the ongoing issue of bullfighting 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, injuries and casualties are inevitable in bullfighting. The animal is 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.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Aug 28, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Aug 28, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 27, 2014 Paula Chihill
Aug 27, 2014 Arturo Villarreal II
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 Gina Jones
Aug 27, 2014 Shawn Gordon
Aug 27, 2014 Kiron Johri
Aug 26, 2014 Emma Spires
Aug 26, 2014 Ida Fedik
Aug 26, 2014 Sandra Marquez
Aug 26, 2014 Raffaella Guzzetti
Aug 26, 2014 julie edghill
Aug 26, 2014 Minerva Krueger
Aug 26, 2014 Carole Morrad
Aug 26, 2014 Rebecca moberg
Aug 25, 2014 Debbie Waynick
Aug 25, 2014 Lynne Kestler Bullfighting is senseless.
Aug 25, 2014 Greatest Ever
Aug 25, 2014 Jennette Eaton
Aug 25, 2014 Carl Cartwright
Aug 25, 2014 Kristi Grunow
Aug 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2014 G. C.
Aug 24, 2014 JO munz
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
Aug 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2014 antonella santilli Spain is still in Middle Age! Spaniards do not deserve to be part of Europe if they continue even to acept these cruelties and if they do not respect animals as sensible beings!
Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 24, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 24, 2014 Karen Howell
Aug 23, 2014 julie wylie this has to stop
Aug 23, 2014 Karrie Workman
Aug 23, 2014 Marie-Hélène Thiry
Aug 22, 2014 Nancy Jeffrey Bullfighting is cruel! Animals should be honoured, not brutalized!
Aug 22, 2014 Nelida Ibanez
Aug 22, 2014 Heather Martin
Aug 22, 2014 linda parker
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Foster
Aug 22, 2014 sandi krawecki
Aug 22, 2014 Synthia Smith
Aug 22, 2014 Terri Collett This sport is cruelty at its highest and should be banned.
Aug 21, 2014 Frank Kling
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Angela Roberts
Aug 21, 2014 jewel valmont
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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