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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: 52,018
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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Sep 29, 2014 Phillip Neal
Sep 29, 2014 diana baLGAARD
Sep 29, 2014 michelle mannino
Sep 29, 2014 Andrea Bruce
Sep 29, 2014 sheryl malach-astuto
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 28, 2014 CreeDance Austin
Sep 28, 2014 Daisy Alonso
Sep 28, 2014 Annette Legg
Sep 28, 2014 marcia sliwinski
Sep 28, 2014 martine carr inhumane
Sep 27, 2014 Tomasz Mroziński
Sep 27, 2014 Beverly Garvey
Sep 27, 2014 julie kubica
Sep 27, 2014 Manuela Linares Dajani
Sep 27, 2014 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Sep 27, 2014 Aylin ARASIL
Sep 27, 2014 Corinne Friday
Sep 27, 2014 jennifer ferguson it's barbaric, inhumane, shameful and disgusting, as are those who enjoy it. No person of sound mind can enjoy watching an animal be tortured and killed in such a horrific way, shame on Spain!!
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Desirae Shaw
Sep 26, 2014 Susan Freel This is an historically barbaric entertainment. Let's move into the 21st century.
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2014 Mark Aziz
Sep 26, 2014 Rachel Klitchman
Sep 26, 2014 Vincent Fontaine
Sep 26, 2014 lione r worton
Sep 26, 2014 Antonya Hernandez
Sep 26, 2014 Tammy Fowler
Sep 25, 2014 Emma Rivera Chaves
Sep 25, 2014 Debra Shepard
Sep 25, 2014 Alexandra Heer
Sep 24, 2014 lori Spears
Sep 24, 2014 Diane DeArment
Sep 24, 2014 Vilma Cardoso
Sep 24, 2014 peter fitzke
Sep 24, 2014 M G Please Help...♥
Sep 24, 2014 Paula onoff
Sep 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2014 Barbara Helmly
Sep 23, 2014 Annie Smit
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Sep 22, 2014 Marcia Taylor
Sep 22, 2014 Lori Guillard
Sep 22, 2014 Alyssa Smith
Sep 22, 2014 Waltraud Greben
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 22, 2014 Larry Branson

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