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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Dec 20, 2014 Megan Kibler
Dec 20, 2014 elise olsen
Dec 20, 2014 Wilson Dittrich
Dec 20, 2014 Karen Howarth
Dec 20, 2014 Terri Forte
Dec 20, 2014 Christina Hind
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Dec 20, 2014 Lucy Newell
Dec 20, 2014 raha farhang
Dec 20, 2014 shannon sharp
Dec 20, 2014 Éva Baróti
Dec 19, 2014 Rebecca Thompson
Dec 19, 2014 Rogério Borcys
Dec 19, 2014 Maria Kozlowsky
Dec 19, 2014 Kristi Gall
Dec 19, 2014 nadia reategui
Dec 19, 2014 Laura Tysinger
Dec 19, 2014 carole hagen
Dec 19, 2014 terri lombardi
Dec 19, 2014 Mary Khan
Dec 19, 2014 Shannon Blair
Dec 19, 2014 Lily McCoy
Dec 19, 2014 G. R.
Dec 19, 2014 joanna mandel
Dec 19, 2014 Mariana de Paula
Dec 19, 2014 Miodrag Bozic
Dec 19, 2014 Elda Rasero
Dec 18, 2014 kitty cardaci
Dec 18, 2014 Jiwon Lee-Heinrichs
Dec 18, 2014 Dalca Botaro Carvalho
Dec 18, 2014 Yro Diaz
Dec 18, 2014 rawan dajani
Dec 18, 2014 jadina de nez
Dec 18, 2014 JIll Just This is one barbaric tradition we need to stop
Dec 18, 2014 Tarra Navarro
Dec 18, 2014 Bonnie Berg
Dec 18, 2014 Kelli Greenhalgh
Dec 18, 2014 patricia parma
Dec 18, 2014 Manon Kostrzewski
Dec 18, 2014 julio Almeida
Dec 18, 2014 filip ildiko carmen
Dec 18, 2014 marilyn standring
Dec 18, 2014 loree mezzanatto
Dec 18, 2014 Val Stone
Dec 18, 2014 mitzi Branvold
Dec 18, 2014 Helen Ellerby Cruel, barbaric and totally unneccessary and outdated
Dec 18, 2014 Lynn Marlow
Dec 18, 2014 Robin Sellers
Dec 18, 2014 Vanessa Ford

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