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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Oct 22, 2014 Fabiana Gonzalez This is one os the most atrocious traditions that continues in our contemporary society. These animals are murdered for the sake of "culture" without any mercy or compassion. Disgusting. Please stop.
Oct 22, 2014 Irena Durakic-Edwards
Oct 22, 2014 Maud NILSSON
Oct 21, 2014 Lewis Weber
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 Debra Lamb
Oct 21, 2014 Louise Rasby
Oct 20, 2014 Holly Eve Genovese
Oct 20, 2014 Diana Cunningham
Oct 20, 2014 Mª del Carmen Russín
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Mandy Dickinson This is exceptionally barbaric and disturbing. Animal abuse should not be a tradition. Please stop.
Oct 20, 2014 Valeria Verme
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 20, 2014 Hideka Tokai
Oct 20, 2014 Carmen Gonzalez
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 Debra Zamudio
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Rosemarie Schirmer Enough torturing of innocent animals! Spain should finally evolve and renounce its outdated and cruel tradition!
Oct 20, 2014 Ines Nole
Oct 20, 2014 Cher Thewlis
Oct 20, 2014 Jacelyn Yonkees
Oct 20, 2014 jose maria portales It's torture
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 19, 2014 Nancy Piergentili
Oct 19, 2014 Olivia Cotto
Oct 19, 2014 Kim Lane
Oct 19, 2014 Gail Potts
Oct 19, 2014 Katherine Myskowski
Oct 19, 2014 Sandra McManus
Oct 19, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Oct 19, 2014 Nelda Brimer
Oct 18, 2014 Eve Jankowski
Oct 18, 2014 Jessie Sun Mormile
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Poderosa Norton Alf
Oct 18, 2014 Gloria Alvarado
Oct 18, 2014 Jacquelyn Butler
Oct 18, 2014 karine panosyan
Oct 18, 2014 Megan Lindquist
Oct 18, 2014 Natacha PENET
Oct 18, 2014 Jovana Pantic
Oct 18, 2014 morena guidetti
Oct 18, 2014 Christiane Schmitz
Oct 17, 2014 Isabella Ireland
Oct 17, 2014 Stefania Bellini
Oct 17, 2014 Lynda Ferrara
Oct 17, 2014 Jaili Nochlin

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