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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: 53,110
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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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 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
Dec 18, 2014 Bobi Little
Dec 18, 2014 Teri Haag
Dec 18, 2014 Gail Vosler
Dec 18, 2014 Elizabeth DeLacy
Dec 18, 2014 Keri Lewis
Dec 18, 2014 Gina Freitas
Dec 17, 2014 Pamela Gibberman
Dec 17, 2014 shannon williams
Dec 17, 2014 Angela Galan
Dec 17, 2014 Mary Visgil
Dec 17, 2014 Terri Sites
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Essie Max It doesn't matter how long this pathetic "tradition" has been allowed to continue. It is TIME TO STOP this sadistic torture by 3rd world Barbarians!
Dec 17, 2014 Kimberley McGrath There are many things about the Spanish culture to take pride in - bullfighting is not one of them!
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Cassondra Macaulay
Dec 17, 2014 Karissa Ostheimer
Dec 17, 2014 Elayne Gallegos
Dec 17, 2014 margaret miranda as a Spaniard I'm ashamed that this is still happening in the 21st century. Bulls suffer a great deal, and people are not amused to see such a spectacle; unless you are violently cruel.
Dec 17, 2014 Jean Blake
Dec 17, 2014 Edie Urbasik
Dec 17, 2014 MaryKathryn Dick
Dec 17, 2014 Trina Larsen
Dec 17, 2014 Charlotte Slifker
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 emanuela truzzi
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Gina Fogarty
Dec 17, 2014 Allan Rosenblum
Dec 17, 2014 Lola Rodriguez
Dec 17, 2014 Jo RIchardson
Dec 16, 2014 Emily Bergman
Dec 16, 2014 andrew kaplan MORONS SHOULD KILL EACH OTHER
Dec 16, 2014 nancy russell
Dec 16, 2014 Kathy Wallington
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) What a horrible thing to do to an animal. The poor bull has no place to run and is doomed to a barbaric death
Dec 16, 2014 Jagoda Bimkiewicz
Dec 16, 2014 ankie brunschot
Dec 16, 2014 Justine C Hurting a living being is not classy, fun or enjoyable. Stop this senseless, barbaric behavior!
Dec 15, 2014 vee vee Please stop this insane, heartless torture of innocents. If we want peace in human society, we can start by being kind to animals. Then, having taken back our humanity, nonviolence can pervade in our own species as well.
Dec 15, 2014 Lori Turley
Dec 15, 2014 melisa carratala This horrible practice needs to come to a swift end. It's time for us to evolve past this barbaric behaviour.

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