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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Jul 31, 2014 Kat Ehret
Jul 31, 2014 Brittany Baker
Jul 31, 2014 Annabelle Travis
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Diane Mitchell
Jul 31, 2014 annie gorris
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 hannelore jark
Jul 31, 2014 Alain Poissonnier
Jul 31, 2014 Nancy Legrand
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Angel Sanjurjo
Jul 31, 2014 Katharine Timmer
Jul 31, 2014 emiliano zecchini
Jul 31, 2014 Katarzyna Jasińska
Jul 31, 2014 andrea giuliano berti
Jul 31, 2014 fabrizio berti
Jul 31, 2014 cristina zecchini
Jul 31, 2014 rosanna gambardella
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Melinda Lanford
Jul 30, 2014 Martha Stopa
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Birks Please stop this sport, it is so cruel and painful for them
Jul 30, 2014 Deborah Clarke
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson This is an old practice that needs to stop.
Jul 29, 2014 Christina Prestidge
Jul 29, 2014 carla Ceccatelli
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Debbie Nelson
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Coleman
Jul 28, 2014 Mara Delta
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Karl Schlicker
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Carole GABURRO
Jul 28, 2014 Anne Bond
Jul 28, 2014 Michelle Gohier
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White
Jul 27, 2014 michelle andrus
Jul 27, 2014 Chantal Prinsloo
Jul 27, 2014 jennifer raath
Jul 27, 2014 Kyriaki Plastira
Jul 27, 2014 Kara Alexandra
Jul 27, 2014 Daniel Oriou
Jul 27, 2014 kerryn veitch
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 Élida Gomes Kobi

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