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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!
Goal: 75,000 Progress: 51,396
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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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 23, 2014 Karolina Tesarek
Jul 22, 2014 Markéta Pacltová
Jul 22, 2014 Rose Ochoa
Jul 22, 2014 jeanene slyper Please help us stop this atrocity
Jul 22, 2014 Lynne Miles I will never visit Spain until Bullfighting has been banned
Jul 21, 2014 Catherine Orlowski
Jul 21, 2014 Mary Quain
Jul 21, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 21, 2014 Marly Medeiros
Jul 21, 2014 carolyn kiss
Jul 21, 2014 Renate Weinhappl
Jul 21, 2014 Joanne Story
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 SHANNON FORD
Jul 21, 2014 Sally Nussle
Jul 21, 2014 ida olsson
Jul 21, 2014 Brian Thornton
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 tierra poe
Jul 21, 2014 Lucie Renaud What a pity, they still torture these poor animals, murderers
Jul 21, 2014 Claudia Alraun
Jul 21, 2014 Roberta Limoli
Jul 21, 2014 Jenny Eshjey
Jul 21, 2014 sophia livadopoulos
Jul 21, 2014 Nikos Nizamis
Jul 21, 2014 clarissa holzapfel Why does this cruel sport still continue?
Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Jul 21, 2014 Rhonda Rowland
Jul 21, 2014 christa merken
Jul 20, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Julie Glenn
Jul 20, 2014 Kelly Tillman
Jul 20, 2014 Susanne Seltmann
Jul 20, 2014 Henrietta Smith
Jul 19, 2014 Katie Cole
Jul 19, 2014 W & K Gosney
Jul 19, 2014 cindy richerson
Jul 19, 2014 Joanna Ospina Rubio Protegiamo animali e la natura!!!!!!
Jul 19, 2014 Brii Dugdale
Jul 19, 2014 Jan Sorensen
Jul 19, 2014 LuAnn Bearer
Jul 19, 2014 Angella Dugdale
Jul 18, 2014 Zoe Warzyniak How would you like to be fought with and beaten in the process. Stop this at once.
Jul 18, 2014 Lynda Williams
Jul 18, 2014 Carly Fowler
Jul 18, 2014 Theodora Zotou
Jul 17, 2014 Marie Hornyak

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